John Cooper Clarke's forthcoming Irish tour kicks off on May 15 at The Mac in Belfast, and continues May 17 at Vicar Street, Dublin; May 18, The Hawkswell Theatre, Sligo; May 20, Dolan's Warehouse, Limerick, and the tour ends on May 21, at The Pavilion, Cork.
For the uninitiated, Cooper Clarke is a poet, a movie star, a rock star, a TV and radio presenter, and a comedian.
The bard of Salford made an appearance in two UK adverts for Sugar Puffs in 1988, taking second billing to the Honey Monster. His recording of Evidently Chickentown, from his album Snap, Crackle & Bop featured prominently in the closing scene of a memorable episode of The Sopranos.
Cooper Clarke's corrosively satirical verse resonated with the punk movement and he toured with The Sex Pistols, The Clash & Buzzcocks, and in the USA with Elvis Costello. Joy Division frequently supported Cooper Clarke and New Order opened for him on their first Australian tour.
In 1978, he signed a major album deal with CBS Records. His records with the Invisible Girls, produced by Martin Hannett, are acknowledged as masterpieces. Alex Turner, Stewart Lee, Billy Bragg, Bill Bailey, Paul Morley, Jarvis Cocker and Steve Coogan have all paid homage.
His vast collection, Ten Years In An Open Necked Shirt became the best-selling poetry book of the 1980s, and the work is frequently reprinted. Cooper Clarke’s poem, Out of Control Fairground, was printed inside the CD copy of Arctic Monkeys' 2007 single, Fluorescent Adolescent. Cooper Clarke's poems have featured on the GCSE English syllabus.