- Had a good browse through your JCC webpages, they are absolutely
excellent!!! Lots of good information and nice layout.
- I found the site via hotbot when I was looking for links to Martin Newell and JCC. I saw John at the Milk Maid in Cambridge and it was like finding gold in deliverance land and wanted to see more.
Take care... Mark E-Mail
- Great to see a page dedicated to the great JCC. Nice to read some of Johnny's unpublished stuff. I come from Salford myself (Eccles, in fact) but I now live in Dundee where the City Council have a program of 'Public Poems' which they paste up on hoardings (a bit like 'Poems On The Underground'), one of which is 'I Write The Songs'. I've seen a few people stop and read it and then walk away chuckling...
As far as someone to play him if they make a film of 'Songs They Never Play On The Radio' - how about David Thewlis - from Mike Leigh's 'Naked.' Just a thought...anyway, keep up the great work on the website.
Regards, Andy E-Mail
Andy also supplied some other info about JCC appearing in a play called Road... check out the Trivia Section for more details
- I don't know if your interested or not but I've uploaded a piece of music I wrote featuring JCC to my own site... I was wondering if you could add it to your links page.
We can and we did. In fact, if anyone wants to check it out, they can also click here and go straight to it. (A worthy effort it is too by the way)
- Yo.. I want to be your second Canadian fan, what a great sight... lyrics and everything. JCC has influenced me since the mid-eighties and I've been wanting to see him live for years now, but I guss I'll have to move to the UK unless he's coming to Canada. Has anyone noticed a secret Leonard Cohen connection or is it just me?
Mopa Dean, Toronto, Canada E-Mail Web site
- The website is excellent, even though I'm pretty new to this Internet business it is one of the best sites I have visited so far in respect of layout and design. Keep up the good work...
John, Glasgow E-Mail
- Congratulations on and thanks for such a great website...keep
up the good work!
Best Regards... Tony E-Mail
- Just to point out that "Suspended Sentence", Verse 1, Line 8 should read: 'Foreigners feature as figures of fun.'
Thanks for a great web site. Keep up the mighty work.
Here's a man who knows his Mancunian drawl. Cheers Tim.
- This is a really neat site! Look forward to seeing you at your next gig. Take care...
Michele from the business expo.
Well, I don't know if you'll see 'me' exactly at any business expo, but we're glad you liked the site anyway.
- I found your site by searching in YAHOO as I was looking for a source of gig information. When they tarted up the Sir George Robey pub a year ago John lost his spiritual home in North London.
I've been a big John Cooper Clarke fan for longer than I care to
remember. The first time I saw him live he was supporting Siouxie and
the Banshees at Lancaster University (in 1970 something) and he managed to deliver 100 m.p.h. poems and a host of cracking gags despite being able to stand upright only with the help of the microphone stand.
Thanks and keep up the excellent work, David E-Mail
And thank you for sending in some joke updates... I know people will get a chuckle from them
- I am desperate JCC fan in godforsaken India (Asia), denied
access to any of his stuff. The only way I came to know of his existence was through the Late Show on the BBC that once had a Poetry Day Special episode and featured JCC reciting "Are You The Business". I am DESPERATE to get my grubby little hands on a copy of the text for this poem and was hoping you could help me in some way. PLEASE DON'T DISAPPOINT ME.
The eternally grateful one, Maya S. Dodd E-Mail
It's simple... all you have to do is look in the Poem List... It'll be a lot quicker and cheaper than me mailing it to you.
- I met a friend on Wednesday whose Mum had recently hung herself. This brought Suspended Sentence to mind, and I did what I had been meaning to do for a long time, a search for JCC poems online...
Thanks, David E-Mail
It's always interesting to know what prompts people to do search for a JCC poem online, and this one heads the list so far.
- Thanks for the website. I have been a John Cooper Clarke fan (sort of) since the very early 80s - but all of my stuff was on tape. My copy of Zip Style Method died in a car tape player in 1994.
Your site has got me interested in some of the more recent stuff too. Thanks again.
Hey Rob... It's always nice when people down under come up and find us. Stay watching.
- Congratulations on your JCC site being one of .net magazines Top 100 Sites this month - well deserved recognition.
Best Wishes, Bruce E-Mail
I presume you're aware, but I just noticed that your JCC site is featured in the .net magazine's top 100 sites (in the Culture catagory, no less). A high acolade indeed from the *only* computer mag I read. Cool publicity for Johnny, too.
Talk soon, Mag. E-Mail Web Site: http://www.twonky.demon.co.uk
No we didn't know a thing... And while it's obviously it's nice for the site to be recognised, I don't think it would have happened without the 'content' provided by you, so you all helped. Pat yourself on the back.
- Thanks for your great info on JCC. I have tried to open the S.P.G. page you have as a link but it can't find an adress. Do you have an alternative for contact John.
Regards... Hatdn Keenan E-Mail
SPG no longer have any have anything to do with JCC and their site appears to have gone so I will remove that link as part of this month's update - sorry about that.
- Hi, Strange to find the Bard of Salford in tribute on the Wibbly Wobbly Web like this...
I followed the link from the Rough Guide to Rock web site, which is of
course all the more weird for actually having JCC in there,considering
he hasn't actually done anything 'rock' since speeding through a set at
the Festival of the Tenth Summer in 1986.
'Snap Crackle & Bop' reads like a who's who of Manchester music in 1980: Vini Reilly of the Durutti Column plays on 'Belladonna' and Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks is on '36 Hours' and Steve (Stephanie) Formula of Magazine is all over as keyboard player. Anyhoo, better go, it's late, but your page is bookmarked!
Cheers, Simon E-Mail
Cheers for all the input Simon - it's much appeciated. (Simon sent in a bunch of updates which appear in different places on the site).
- Hi, I saw JCC last night at the Milk Maid pub and wrote most of this gig review (attached) before going to bed - specifically for your excellent web site. I hope you think it a worthy
first foray as a reviewer.
Thanks for an excellent web site.
Mark E-mail Web Site: http://www.compware.demon.co.uk/huey
Thanks for your gig review... It shows there is a writer in all of us given the chance, and it's now added to the Review Section for all of eternity.
- Hi, Just found the site. Really Great. I have met John on many many occasions, as a friend of mine is a good friend of his. This picture was taken at a Pub called the Plough in Kenton in 1989. I think I have some more, I'll have to dig them out.
Cheers, Dave E-mail
Nice pic... a worthy addition to the archive. Please feel free to send the rest asap.
- Just wanted to let you know that I've been looking for ages for a JCC site .... it's excellent to find such a good one.
Thanks agin for a good site ... I'll be passing the URL on to a couple
Regards, Derek E-Mail
We're always glad when someone finds the site... and tells their friends... That's what it's all about.
- Your JCC web site is wonderful. Thanks to you I was able to see the great man at The Half Moon, Herne Hill recently. I have been a fan since the early days and usually get to see him about once a year because in the past it has been so difficult to find out where he is performing.
At the Half Moon he was on top form and did 3 well deserved encores. Even the old jokes make me laugh, it must be the way he tells them. I took about 5 photos of JCC performing which I would be very happy to send to you, unfortunately I do not have the technology to send them by e mail.
Keep up the great work, Kevin E-Mail
It's not just a site, it's a resource
- Hello... There's a picture of JCC on my web site. You can link to it or steal the pic for you own use! The picture was taken at the Junction, Cambridge several years ago (don't remember the exact date. A friend of mine was supposed to be intervewing him for a magazine but we ended up just chatting and giggling a lot!
Nick E-Mail Web Site: http://www.acorn.com/~nicke
Thanks Nick, the pic is excellent. I did steal it and put it in the Picture Archive for all to see.
- Excellent info. I lost touch with john around 1982, but thanks to this site I have now persuaded a neapolitan record shop to order one or two items, and look for others in general... They're a bit bemused, but delighted to find such an informative site.
Let me guess... The Ghost of Al Capone was a hit out there. Maybe you can tell us what a Fever Tree is? I'd like to know.
- Congratulations on the JCC Site. I've now got the words to I wrote the songs and I'm so happy so I'm sending you a few of my fave JCC jokes/one liners to use as you wish.
Glad you found the site and sent the jokes in. They are now added to the jokes page... cheers.
- Just a quick word to tell you I got chatting to the drummer from a Stranglers tribute band who's musical taste were a mirror of mine. Ended up doing him a JCC tape which he and his son loved, so I'm on the guest list if they ever play nearby, which is nice. Keep Rockin.'
I wish I could think of something to say to that but my mind is coming up blank...
- Just to say you've done a fantastic job on the JCC site. Info that I've been after for ages, all in one web site. Don't know if you saw the Independant yesterday but they have a review on JCC 'Ta-ta heroin, hello teacakes.' Let me know if you can't get hold of it & I'll send you a copy. Cheers.
Simon Beckett E-Mail
HI there Simon... Glad you like the site. The article arrived safe and sound and is now up... Thanks a bunch... interesting artcile it was too.
- Hi, I used to live in Manchester just outside Salford and have been in the Star pub I think it's called which he used to go in. I have seen him live and I think he is great. But I think he was a bit out of it last time I saw him. Anyway I'm going to the UK again in July... any venues coming up there in Manchester 1998? Keep up the good work Johnny!!
Hi Michele... all I can say is if Johnny would ever remember his diary - or god forbid - use a laptop, I could answer you here and now. As it is, you'll just have to stay tuned to this site for updates.
- Just to say JCC did a short tv interview on channel 5, our newest channel. I Haven't seen it yet but my mates got a vid.
Keep Rockin,' Andrew... E-Mail
Yeah I heard they asked some stupid questions but I don't know what any of it was about.
- Hearty congrats on your John Cooper Clark site!
Gerry , Canada E-Mail
Hey, you're our first Canadian JCC fan... (I think)
- Hello, great web site. I'm working on an unofficial Martin Hannett
web page with a complete discography (that, in particular, is what i'm
working on). Please visit and feel free to give any feedback. We
certainly need it!
Regards, William E-Mail Web Page
Nice job so far... he deserves some more recognition. If he were around today, I'm sure he's have his own cool site.
- I met you on the on the steps of M/cr univetsity, or was it outside the Red Lion in Withington, well you must remember, 1977, you admired my shirt... just before you became famous............why no gigs in M/cr or Salford ????????
You seem to have me confused for the man himself. Flattering as that is, I just do the web page.
- One of the first things I looked for when we got internet
access here last year was stuff on JCC, so I've been a
regular visitor since last summer. It was only when I went to see him
that I remembered I had these old articles lying around. The photo with
the velvet suit is from a spread on a movie clothing company called
Contemporary Wardrobe and was taken at Trad Antiques in the Portobello Road.
Oh yeah, SCOTTISH DATES. I saw him in East Kilbride Arts Centre on 6th December and he was in Glasgow at the Tron Theatre the following night. At some point in the previous week he played Edinburgh and Aberdeen but I couldn't tell you the dates exactly.
Regards, Andrew. E-Mail
What can I say except cheers for the photos. They are added to the Pic Gallery for the world to share
- I want and I need Walking back to happiness. I've scoured the record shops of Manchester for a 2nd hand copy but gold is hard to come by! Can you help?
Cheers... Dave E-Mail
Don't worry, salvation is at hand...
- It's been great reading the John Cooper Clarke site. The Cycle Ride poem: Bill has cut himself, get an ambulance etc... isn't by John Cooper Clarke. It's from a public information film from the 1960's - the John would quote for a laugh. I'll try and get you some more information and some old pictures of the
Rabid Record days with Martin Hannett and John Cooper Clarke.
Yours, Lawrence. E-Mail
Cheers for that info. It makes much more sense now. And PLEASE, let's have those photos...
- First time I saw JCC was at the Manchester Poly Student's Union, Linton Kwesi Johnson was on the bill too...next night it was The Human League (before they became the "Don't You Want Me" pop band) and the Specials (all nerves and swagger) at the Manchester University Studentr's Union...stir in an incredibly hot curry from one of the shops on Whalley Range and it was a weekend of pure bliss...
Regards... Al Spicer E-Mail Web Page
It's always nice to hear these stories of when someone saw JCC for the first time... I can almost smell the curry from here.
- Saw him at Jesters in Bristol a couple of weeks ago. Most excellent occasion. First time I'd seen him and it was well worth the wait outside in the cold and rain. Still trying to get over how skinny he is - no offence meant ! Hope to catch him again soon. I was visiting my favourite clangers site when my cat jumped onto the bookcase and out fell '... open necked shirt'. The rest is history. Needless to say, I was well chuffed to find a JCC site - another one for the bookmark !
Regards... Helen E-Mail
- Please add me to your mailing list. I think he is brilliant.
- I found your site almost by accident. I was looking for a copy of the book Ten Years In An Open Necked Shirt. I lent my copy to someone years ago and never got it back. Looks like I'm going to regret that stupid move! It wasn't easy for me to get the thing in the first place, here in Canada and all. Thanks for putting up this page. It is truly amazing!
Mark Wright E-Mail
That'll teach you to loan books out. You might not see another one again.
- Re Your JCC poem list. Around four years ago I saw him in London (at a pub in Putney) during which he performed a poem called 'Hanging Gardens of Basildon' which I notice is not on your list ('Burnley' another you have listed, was performed the same night - maybe 'Basildon' was a one-off?).
P.S. I work for a monthly football magzine - JCC's on our free list. A
Man Utd fan, I think.
Thanks for the update. Inquiries are already under way re Hanging Gardens of Basildon.
- Thanks... It was over ten years ago when I last had a dose of JCC. I now live in Helsinki and on numerous occasions have tried to find his stuff. I recently aquired the inet and from one of my first searches from YAHOO I found this site.
This is now a permanent bookmark and a site I'll be back to on a weekly basis. Power to the MAN of words.
Well the 'Man of Words' will be thrilled to know all that when he check in... as we all are. Stay Tuned to this channel.
- Hi... I was really pleased to find a John Cooper-Clarke home page. I've been searching in vain for a book of his poems - if you're in contact with either him or his manager, you could maybe suggest he knocks up a new compilation and publishes privately if he can't persuade Random House to reissue "Ten Years in an Open Neck Shirt"?
I'd appreciate being added to your e-mail list, and in return I can tell
you that JCC will be doing a gig at The Duchess in Leeds on Sunday 26
October. I shall certainly be going and will send you a review if you'd
I assume he doesn't have an 'official' home page? Yours came out first
on my search and looked the most interesting and focused.
All the best... Chris E-Mail
Hi Chris... We happy you liked what you found, but this site is about as official as it gets for now. Stay watching...
- Great site - I had most of the albums and singles in the late 70's early 80's. Lost 'em now so it's great to find some still available on CD. Saw JCC on tour with Elvis Costello and Richard Hell in '79 (I think) for me he was the star of the show. I also remember John as a regular on the BBC2 'Oxford Road Show' around the same time. Did anybody else watch that? I used to look forward to John's spot - always too short. I'm sure he also did at least one session for John Peel - live stuff I think.
Superbike magazine reprinted the words to Psycle Sluts in one issue but cannot remember why....or when! I could still remember the words to Kung-Fu International and I haven't heard it for 15 years either! Ta - keep up the good work - I'll keep an eye on the site for forthcoming gig's I just gotta see him again.
Well we're glad you approve of the site... We do it just for people like us,
- I'm off to see JCC in Stoke tomorrow night (Oct 23rd). Would you like a review?
Yes PLEASE... send it in.
- Hi! again ! I found the single "Day My Pad Went Mad / A Distant Relation" ON GENERAL RELEASE. No words 'promotion copy' on both sides. Details of the notes are the same (as on the page). With great picture (photo) sleeve.
Yes... you're asking me... where did you get it? ...At Vinyl Ink Records (http://vinylink.ari.net/).
Manabu Takayama E-Mail
I'm blown away by your dedication Manabu. I want one too.
- Just discovered your WWW site on John Cooper Clarke. Really good. I went to see him last night in Batley; do you need a review of it? I
should be able to knock a few things up.
Also I might be able to help with some corrections/additions to the
discography. I can e-mail more details after I am reunited with my record collection later this week. Also also I do have a copy of the book which preceeded '10 years...' which is what you mentioned having a photocopy of (with telephone directory in the background). It's a totally different book. Anyway let me know if you want more details.
Hi Drew. Good to have you find the site. We look forward to your review of the Batley gig just as soon as you can do it, along with any updates and corrections. Regular readers of this site know we just love all that stuff.
- Stumbled onto the JCC website whilst looking for a Receiver Records site and was more than pleased. I had the grand opportunity of seeing URGH! A Music War in the theaters twice when it was still a new film, and both times the only acts to get the audience excited was JCC and Klaus Nomi.
Needless to say, I was an instant JCC fan and searched high and low for records. As I live in Minneapolis, the idea of seeing Mr. Clarke live
is but a pipe dream, but thanks to your efforts I now feel a wee bit
Rev. Bradley E. Beving E-Mail Web Site
Cheers Bradley... Glad you found the site for the Bardmeister
- Finally I have found others out there who like JCC. Your page is the
most informative resource on John Cooper Clarke I have ever come across. Keep up the good work.
Here's a little trivia for you about the sugar puffs commercials JCC did sometime in the 80's, you know... the one with Honey Monster. I remember one with JCC sawing a table in half. I hope this information is useful to you. Again thanks for the page, Five stars.
Robert Hayselden E-Mail
Hi there Robert. Glad you've managed to find us fellow JCC maniacs. Cheers also for your memory of maybe yet another Sugar Puff ad.
- I just found this site almost by accident. It's good to know that the
bard of Manchester is still around 20 years after I bought the Psycle
Sluts EP. I'll be back!
Hi there Mark... what took you so long? We're wondering though... what kind of freakish accident was it that enabled you to be a part of this project
- I've been a fan for a long time, and used to play him on my
punk rock radio show back in the 80's a lot!
Limbo, baby, Limbo,
Chuck, Vinal Edge Records E-Mail Web Page
Hi Chuck... we're hoping to hear a radio story or two from a U.S. perspective, but in the meanwhile we really appreciate your efforts in making second hand JCC vinyl available to people.
- I found the site via HotBot, which is my search engine of choice. I was doing a systematic search on all my fave bands and your site came up (although not all that near the top of the list I have to say). I think 'fanzine' sites such as this are one of the real pearls amongst
the sea of dross that is the Web. Keep up the good work.
Hey Martin... Glad to have you check in. And thanks on the update for the Trivia Page.
- I just checked out the recent additions to the web site, and I'm impressed! It's really taking off. The Sugar Puffs video is new to me - he must have made at least two. The one I remember watching in the eighties had JCC and a group of kids dancing in front of a giant Sugar Puffs cereal box. It finished with a verse about a free sticker - something they were giving away in every box. The verse (and the advert) ended something like this:
...eat your Sugar Puffs, they're good for your tum,
then get the sticker, and stick it on your boot.
- at this point JCC put his boot right up to the camera and the advert
The video you've got is really wacky - it's almost dreamlike. He must have had a lot of freedom with it. Thanks for putting it up.
See ya later, Paul E-Mail...
Your update on this ad is mucho appreciated. Unfortunately I still haven't had a reply from Quaker Oats, and would like to know exactly how many ad's he did. Maybe we should just ask John.
- Here's something for your joke section... two paediphiles were talking... One says to the other... I haven't seen you for a while. The other replies... No, I've been hanging around the local primary school. You should see this 8yr old girl, she's georgous. She has the body of a 5yr old.
I cannot remember exactly when I saw JCC but it was in Preston and at
the Clouds night club, I vaguely recall Nico being on the same bill. I
searched the net for JCC and stumbled onto your page. The Tom Jones joke is excellent.
Regards, Ian E-Mail...
Thanks for sending the joke in. We love it. Send us more if you remember any.
- After periodically searching the Net for JCC sites I've finally found one - it's brilliant. Keep up the good work. I haven't had time to browse all the pages/links, but rest assured I'll be back. Any info on the man himself would be welcome.
Cheers, Mike E-Mail
Well we hope to have a little Q & A session with John soon, so get your questions ready and send 'em in.
- Hi, I stumbled across the JCC web site whilst searching for JCC vinyl in an American record database. I have been a fan of John's since the late 70's and have a reasonable
collection of audio, video and books. As I live in Edinburgh, I have had a chance to see John several times in the past couple of years and would like to be kept up to date with what is going on, so please can you add me to your mailing list.
Strangely, I have been after a Rabid discography for some time and
found one on your site, must be my lucky day!
Cheers, Simon E-Mail...
And so a new friendship begins. Your input on the publications saga is greatly appreciated and will be added to the site just as soon as I can get it done. We should get it all straightened out in a jiffy.