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John Cooper Clarke / Anthologia

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This October Sony will release Anthologia, a four-disc collection of the work of the ‘punk poet’ John Cooper Clarke.

Anthologia brings together material from a career spanning over 40 years, and incorporates studio versions with music from Martin Hannett and Invisible Girls plus spoken word performances across three CDs.

The fourth disc is a DVD which features rare and unseen footage dating back to the Old Grey Whistle Test in 1978 through to the more recent Palace Theatre Manchester show from 2014.

The booklet will contain ‘written tributes’ by the likes of Paul McCartney, Alex Turner, Hugh Cornwell and boasts liner notes by Nick Kent.

Tenuous SDE link: JCC has toured in the past with similarly cool ‘dub poet’ Linton Kwesi Johnson, who used to live a few doors down from this writer back in the late 1990s!

Anthologia is released on 16 October 2015. There will also be a double-vinyl ‘highlights’ edition.


3CD+DVD box set

2LP Highlights edition


4-disc box track listing

Disc: 1
1. (I Married A) Monster From Outer Space (John Peel Session 1978)
2. Gimmix! Play Loud
3. Health Fanatic (John Peel Session 1978)
4. Mustn’t Go Down To The Sea Again (Live at Hulme Playhouse 1983)
5. Spilt Beans (John Peel Session1978)
6. Twat Hulme (Live at Hulme Playhouse 1983)
7. Readers Wives (John Peel Session 1978)
8. The Barber (Live at Hulme Playhouse 1983)
9. Bronzed Adonis (Live at Hulme Playhouse 1983)
10. Drive She Said (Live at Hulme Playhouse 1983)
11. The Scarlet Snow
12. Never Seen A Nipple In The Daily Express (Live at Hulme Playhouse 1983)
13. Conditional Discharge (Alternative Mix)

Disc: 2
1. (I Married a) Monster from Outer Space
2. Gimmix! Play Loud
3. Health Fanatic
4. Mustn’t Go Down to the Sea Again
5. Split Beans
6. Twat
7. Readers Wives
8. The Barber
9. Bronze Adonis
10. Drive She Said
11. The Scarlet Snow
12. Never Seen a Nipple in the Daily Express
13. Conditional Discharge

Disc: 3
1. Midnight Shift (John Peel Session 1982)
2. Gaberdine Angus (Live)
3. Marjorca
4. The Day My Pad Went Mad (John Peel Session 1982)
5. Film Extra’s Extra (Live at the Manchester Ritz 1978)
6. I Don’t Wanna Be Nice (Alternative Take)
7. Nothing
8. Limbo (Baby Limbo) (Live)
9. Night People (John Peel Session 1982)
10. Intro and Salome Maloney (Live at the Manchester Ritz 1978)
11. The Pest (Live at the Manchester Ritz 1978)
12. Sperm Test (Live at the Manchester Ritz 1978)
13. (I Married A) Monster From Outer Space (Live at the Manchester Ritz 1978)
14. He Doesn’t Try

Disc: 4 (DVD)
1. See The World (Evidently John Cooper Clarke)
2. I Don’t Want To Be Nice (Old Grey Whistle Test 1978)
3. Evidently Chickentown (BBC Something Else)
4. Glasgow Apollo (BBC documentary)
5. Readers Wives (Old Grey Whistle Test 1978)
6. Post – War Glamour Girl (Old Grey Whistle Test 1981)
7. The List Of Things That Don’t Exist (Evidently John Cooper Clarke)
8. I Wanna Be Yours (Live at Palace Theatre Manchester 2014)
9. Evidently Chickentown (Live at Palace Theatre Manchester 2014)
10. Beasley Street (Live at Palace Theatre Manchester 2014)

2LP Vinyl track listing

Side 1
1. Evidently Chickentown
2. I Wanna Be Yours
3. (I Married A) Monster From Outer Space
4. Beasley Street
5. Night People
6. The Day My Pad Went Mad

Side 2
1. I Don’t Want To Be Nice
2. Valley Of The Lost Women
3. Midnight Shift
4. A Heart Disease Called Love
5. Limbo (Baby Limbo) (Live)
6. Post – War Glamour Girl

Side  3
1. Readers Wives (John Peel Session 1978)
2. Gimmix! Play Loud
3. A Distant Relation
4. Twat (Live at Hulme Playhouse 1983)
5. Never Seen A Nipple In The Daily Express (Live at Hulme Playhouse 1983)
6. Drive She Said (Live at Hulme Playhouse 1983)
7. Mustn’t Go Down To The Sea Again (Live at Hulme Playhouse 1983)
8. Bronzed Adonis (Live at Hulme Playhouse 1983)
9. (I Married A) Monster From Outer Space (John Peel Session 1978)
10. Health Fanatic (John Peel Session 1978)
11. Conditional Discharge

Side 4
1. Midnight Shift (John Peel Session 1982)
2. Gaberdine Angus (Live)
3. Marjorca
4. The Day My Pad Went Mad (John Peel Session 1982)
5. Film Extra’s Extra (Live at the Manchester Ritz 1978)
6. The Pest (Live at the Manchester Ritz 1978)
7. (I Married A) Monster From Outer Space (Live at the Manchester Ritz 1978)
8. Intro and Salome Maloney (Live at the Manchester Ritz 1978)
9. Night People (John Peel Session 1982)


3CD+DVD box set

2LP Highlights edition


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13 responses to John Cooper Clarke / Anthologia

  1. Jon says:

    Why do discs 1 and 2 have the same track listing?

  2. Gary says:

    Nice. I only have disc 2 from this set, so for that money I think I’ll grab a copy. Cheers Paul.

  3. thegreatelephant says:

    now that is quality

  4. johnny says:

    I wonder if that tracklisting is right? Igmoring the DVD, the CDs find no space for Chickentown or Beasley St (yet they are on the highlights vinyl) but finds space to duplicate other tracks e.g. 3 versions of Monster from….

    And the whole thing looks a bit skimpy? Those CDs would only be about 45 mins each, wouldn’t they?….

  5. Philip says:

    Disc One on Amazon says :

    Disc: 1
    1. Evidently Chickentown
    2. I Wanna Be Yours
    3. I Travel In Biscuits
    4. Conditional Discharge
    5. Valley Of The Lost Women
    6. I Don’t Want To Be Nice
    7. Drive She Said
    8. (I Married A) Monster From Outer Space
    9. A Distant Relation
    10. Midnight Shift
    11. Post – War Glamour Girl
    12. Beasley Street
    13. Readers Wives
    14. Teenage Werewolf
    15. Health Fanatic
    16. Night People
    17. The Day My Pad Went Mad
    18. A Heart Disease Called Love
    19. Limbo (Baby Limbo)

    so perhaps the above tracklisting does duplicate 1 & 2………

  6. Philip says:

    ………………………and the live disc may only have those tracks if “between poems banter” is included, pushing the running time up.

  7. Gary says:

    I thought this looked like it only contained early JCC material from the time when he was signed to Rabid Records.

  8. adam shaw says:

    The CDs seem quite short . Some of these tracks are not very long so I wouldve expected 20 tracks a least per disc .
    Also cant beleive theres no room for “The Day My Pad Went Mad” My favorite .

  9. thegreatelephant says:

    he’s voice-over man
    sells you beans by the can
    suspend reality to shift
    a stannah stairlift.
    (other brands available)

    got his patter nailed down
    to flog stuff all around
    so you can’t live without

    he’s voice-over man

    sprinkles his fairy dust
    it’s the name you can trust

    make your smile all shiny
    carefully crafted script screams ‘buy me’

    the more you spend the more you save
    you can’t take it to the grave

    improved product lines
    in a range of new designs

    get sean pertwee in
    cos’ he’s the voice-over king

    voice-over man

    i’m selling dreams and aspiration
    don’t call me a snake-oil salesman

    you can still put food on the table
    cos’ 0% finance is available

    buy now, pay later
    is your master and saviour

    voice-over man
    voice-over man
    voice-over man

  10. Philip says:

    “Also cant beleive theres no room for “The Day My Pad Went Mad” My favorite”

    Track 17 on the Amazon tracklisting.

  11. Dean Taylor says:

    Why only a two LP version, why not have the same tracks as the CD version?

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