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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Johnny Clarke from Salford...an echo from the past, 15 Aug. 2012
This review is from: Snap Crackle And Bop (Audio CD)
When this came out in 1980, I was excited. Performance poetry with a twist of punk from someone who looked like a beatnik/Dylan disaster crossed with a hair drier and Ian Hunter's (of Mott the Hoople) sun glasses. Live he was something else. I still have a print from a photograph from a gig in Auckland New Zealand where it is hard to separate the white surfaces of his face from the black frazzle of hair and clothes. But as fast as he burst, motor mouthed on stage he was gone. Bit like Shane McGowan in the Pogues. You can only burn so brightly before incineration takes hold. This album still has the anthem of the Thatcher years "Beasley Street". Not just a bitter, splintered rant at poverty but music backing that stretches the sound as taut as skin about to burst. And the lyric "Keith Joseph smiles and a baby dies in a box on Beasley Street". In 2012 it plays like a memory of something past. But good backing band, still as tight as the duck's bum. Clever man but with words and his delivery of rapid fire. The Salford nasal wine gives life to a talent at its apex. Reminds me of how funny he was, mabe is live. Good on ya Johnny Clarke.
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