Editors' Notes The “Bard of Salford,” John Cooper Clarke emerged from the hardscrabble neighborhoods of Manchester to become the premier poet of UK punk. Armed with a rich, smoke-tinged baritone and an inimitably pungent lexicon, Clarke wields language the way his peers wielded guitars. As his career progressed, his voice drifted into abstract disco beats and dub reggae—the perfect backdrops for his laconic, venomous, and frequently hilarious monologues. His brackish tongue makes for some of the most charmingly off-kilter pop songs of the post-punk era.

SONG
ALBUM
(I Married a) Monster from Outer Space
3:31
 
Beasley Street
6:53
 
Postwar Glamour Girls
3:31
 
Midnight Shift
6:27
 
Gimmix! Play Loud
3:39
 
2:13
 
The It Man
3:46
 
The Day My Pad Went Mad (Radio Live Version)
3:09
 
Psycle Sluts
3:12
 
Limbo (Baby Limbo)
4:31
 
The Face Behind Scream
3:36
 
I Don't Want to Be Nice
3:49
 

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