Latitude Loves… I Wanna Be Yours, by Dr John Cooper Clarke

Dr John Cooper Clarke, also known as the Bard of Salford, is a phenomenon: Poet Laureate of Punk, rock star, fashion icon, TV and radio presenter, social and cultural commentator – he’s one of Britain’s most beloved and influential writers and performers. His influence goes beyond traditional boundaries, weaving through the fabric of punk rock and spoken word. One of his most iconic works, “I Wanna Be Yours,” not only solidifies his poetic prowess but also leaves an indelible mark on the musical landscape.

Originally penned in the late 1970s, “I Wanna Be Yours” found its place within the punk movement, resonating with its raw energy and unapologetic attitude. The poem’s romantic sentiment, delivered with Clarke’s signature wit and grit, struck a chord with audiences, capturing the essence of youthful longing and desire.

However, it wasn’t until the Arctic Monkeys, an English indie rock band, included a rendition of “I Wanna Be Yours” on their fifth studio album, “AM,” that the poem’s musical influence reached new heights. The band’s frontman, Alex Turner, discovered Clarke’s work during his formative years and found inspiration in its edgy charm. The song’s infectious rhythm and evocative lyrics resonated with fans, solidifying Clarke’s status as a cultural icon.

Beyond its musical allure, “I Wanna Be Yours” remains a timeless testament to the power of poetry to speak to the human experience. Clarke’s imagery and candid expression continue to inspire artists across genres, illustrating the enduring impact of his words on the tapestry of modern music. In the end, “I Wanna Be Yours” stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of John Cooper Clarke and his unparalleled ability to capture the essence of emotion through verse.

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We are delighted that Clarke will be returning to Latitude this year, appearing once again on our Listening Post reciting his iconic poetry from his new book ‘WHAT’.