John Cooper Clarke Quotes

John Cooper Clarke Quotes.

My declining allure is a source of great sadness to me.

My declining allure is a source of great sadness to me.
John Cooper Clarke
With charm you’ve got to get up close to see it; style slaps you in the face.
John Cooper Clarke
It amazes me there are movies about writers… such inert, uneventful lives.
John Cooper Clarke
When the punk rock thing happened, I thought, ‘Right, I have one chance here to be seen as part of some wider social phenomenon.’
John Cooper Clarke
No one wants to be a source of anxiety to everybody they know.
John Cooper Clarke
I had TB as a boy. They said my skeletal frame never developed properly.
John Cooper Clarke
Fame just ain’t a natural situation. But I shouldn’t have worried because everyone thought I was a bit famous even before I’d done anything; people just assumed I was famous.
John Cooper Clarke
To make the hips the focal point of a pair of trousers is, to me, a fashion mistake.
John Cooper Clarke
Everybody that read one of my poems went off and wrote poetry. They said that about the Velvets, didn’t they? They didn’t sell many records, but everybody that saw them formed a band.
John Cooper Clarke
I write with pen and paper. I don’t have a mobile or computer, because I know how great they are. If I did, I’d never leave the house – you’d find me in six months, dead under a pile of pizza boxes.
John Cooper Clarke
I don’t have secrets, my life’s an open book.
John Cooper Clarke
Not everyone is prepared for fame, not even at the level I got it. One minute you’re just a face in the crowd, next minute everyone wants a piece of you.
John Cooper Clarke
When you write poetry you are always addressing the world somehow.
John Cooper Clarke
I had a million jobs before I managed to make a living out of poetry.
John Cooper Clarke
I quite like cooking, but not to the extent that I look on a kitchen as a domain.
John Cooper Clarke
I got to play The Vortex in London with the Buzzcocks, the Fall, me and Johnny Thunders And The Heartbreakers. That was a serious Manchester night.
John Cooper Clarke
You can always find something better to do than writing when you’re at home.
John Cooper Clarke
Happiness is the target one only has to aim at in order to miss.
John Cooper Clarke
Where I grew up, the one unmistakable sign of homosexuality was to betray some interest in your appearance.
John Cooper Clarke
It’s miserable wearing black all the time, unless you’re Johnny Cash.
John Cooper Clarke
I’m dead fussy about food: I don’t eat junk.
John Cooper Clarke
I was pushing for a career in poetry and of course the received wisdom was that you would never make a living at it.
John Cooper Clarke
I’ve never met a happy atheist.
John Cooper Clarke
When you’re doing poetry like mine that rhymes, it’s very easy to sound like a song that didn’t work out!
John Cooper Clarke
Doris Day was the perfect woman.
John Cooper Clarke
The very pointlessness of a sea walk is it’s attractiveness to me.
John Cooper Clarke
To convey one’s mood
in seventeen syllables
is very diffic
John Cooper Clarke
The first time I heard rock’n’roll on a big sound system would have been at a fairground at the seaside. That’s a hell of a sensory experience right there.
John Cooper Clarke
I love singing. I’m a great singer.
John Cooper Clarke
Maybe there are luckier people than me, but I don’t know who that would be. I feel pretty lucky. I’ve had a nice life – I don’t know how I could be luckier.
John Cooper Clarke
As they used to say on Stingray, ‘Anything can happen in the next half hour’. I’ve always tried to live with that thought in mind.
John Cooper Clarke
There is a certain sentimental vibe in my home town of Manchester, which you would sort of expect.
John Cooper Clarke
I’m not much of a team player when it comes to making records, I’ve got to say.
John Cooper Clarke
I’ve always lived all over the place, and left Manchester the minute I was old enough to steal a car.
John Cooper Clarke
All the best musicians started out in church; Jesus invented rock ‘n’ roll.
John Cooper Clarke
The greatest threat to any artist is surrounding themselves with people who love everything they do.
John Cooper Clarke
I don’t work with anybody I don’t like, just for the attention.
John Cooper Clarke
Lyrics became important for a while in the late Seventies. Patti Smith was a poet and a rock star, as much one as the other, the distinctions were a bit blurred and then you get swept up in it. Punk poet, it’s a good enough term.
John Cooper Clarke
The main thing a poem ought to be is musical. It should be rhythmic. You should hear it as a musical piece in your head as you’re writing it.
John Cooper Clarke
I don’t think ‘Citizen Kane’ stands more than one watch. Power corrupts. Who didn’t know that?
John Cooper Clarke
The ’80s were a lost decade.
John Cooper Clarke
The only casual item I own is a Levi’s jacket.
John Cooper Clarke
I love Charles Baudelaire. Him and Shakespeare are the only people I think are better than me.
John Cooper Clarke
My trouser needs are simple: a narrow leg in a dark colour, with jean detailing.
John Cooper Clarke
I eat like a pig. Tripe is the only thing I won’t eat.
John Cooper Clarke
I’m not giving away sartorial secrets but the trousers I wear cost 19 quid.
John Cooper Clarke
I’ve had a few jobs, but if you want to be a writer, you’re better off getting a job that doesn’t require that you do anything.
John Cooper Clarke
You know how the Marvel Comics superheroes formed themselves into the Justice League of America – Batman, Flash and the rest. Why did Superman join? He never needed any help.
John Cooper Clarke
I never saw a painting that would not be improved by the addition of tropical fish.
John Cooper Clarke
If I’d have known how much fun fatherhood would be, I would have started way earlier than 45.
John Cooper Clarke
If you want to know why the coast is such an inspirational place, ask Herman Melville, Jack London, Nordhoff and Hall, Robert Louis Stevenson or Joseph Conrad. It’s a glimpse of eternity. It invites rumination, the relentless whisper of the tide against the shore.
John Cooper Clarke
There are only three things that stop me sleeping: hunger, the odd bad dream and cramp in the arches of my feet – it’s crippling, as if somebody’s trying to tie your foot in a reef knot.
John Cooper Clarke
My favourite writers are columnists.
John Cooper Clarke
They’re very different things, a poem and a song, you wouldn’t think they would be, but they are.
John Cooper Clarke
I crack myself up. Even I don’t know what I’m going to say next.
John Cooper Clarke
Too many memoirs focus on childhoods and it’s a bit turgid.
John Cooper Clarke
I’m a great reader of credits; I never leave the cinema before they finish.
John Cooper Clarke
I’ve got a speech impediment.
John Cooper Clarke
People who believe in God are happier than those who don’t.
John Cooper Clarke
Somebody up there likes me. It ain’t like I’ve followed a well trodden trajectory.
John Cooper Clarke
From social pariah to King of the World? It’s taken 45 years, so I’ve been able to adjust to it!
John Cooper Clarke
I was too old to be a punk rocker. I was a mod, that’s really the only youth tribe I ever belonged to – and even then, not for very long.
John Cooper Clarke
It was a tedious saying among hippies: if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. I was very much part of the problem.
John Cooper Clarke
I’m not fond of crowds. I’m no jittery neurotic, but I don’t really want to be surrounded by a lot of people if I have a choice.
John Cooper Clarke
I judge by appearances. People tell me I shouldn’t.
John Cooper Clarke
To approach a poem as if it is a puzzle to be understood is to miss the point.
John Cooper Clarke
There’ve been lots of positive changes in the city since I worked at Salford Tech in the seventies, and I’m pleased to be known as Salford’s Bard and to have helped put it on the map.
John Cooper Clarke
Being unapologetic means never having to say you’re sorry.
John Cooper Clarke
Most cities are the same.
John Cooper Clarke
I would describe my style of dress as careful.
John Cooper Clarke
Poets are supposed to be underappreciated, don’t you know? There is always a strange reaction to those who become successful in their own lifetime, and so I always felt lucky that I made the living I did out of it.
John Cooper Clarke
I love the Arctic Monkeys!
John Cooper Clarke
I’ve been kept from honest employment for a long, long time now. Thank God!
John Cooper Clarke
I love talking about anything, except for myself.
John Cooper Clarke
It took me 30 years for people to consider me an overnight success.
John Cooper Clarke
My dad was an electrical engineer.
John Cooper Clarke
A much underrated garment, the jegging: they never need ironing and they hold their colour.
John Cooper Clarke
Where’s the mileage in an autobiography? Anyone who writes one inevitably casts themselves as a hero, and I’m not about to do that.
John Cooper Clarke
I hate chickpeas. I like hummus but I ate that before I realised it was made out of chickpeas.
John Cooper Clarke
Idleness – a job that you have to go to, but not necessarily do anything – is the poet’s friend.
John Cooper Clarke