Cooper Clarke Records Album With Stranglers Star

Punk poet John Cooper Clarke is teaming up with Stranglers star Hugh Cornwell to release his debut music album at the age of 67.

The pair have joined forces on This Time It's Personal, due out on 14 October.

Cornwell, 66, was a founder member of the Stranglers but this time he will be handing over the microphone to Clarke, who is better known for his spoken word performances than his singing skills.

"No one knew he could sing!" said Cornwell.

"When you tell people they go 'You're kidding me'."

In their first collaboration, the '70s and '80s stars will perform covers of classic tracks from their youth including Spanish Harlem and Love Potion No 9.

The unlikely idea for the album came to Cornwell while he was drinking.

He said: "I was drunk one night, and I was listening to MacArthur Park by Richard Harris, and I suddenly got this bizarre idea in my head, I suppose because I'd just had dinner with John a couple of weeks before.

"I thought 'Wouldn't it be weird, John with his very distinctive voice doing that song?'

"So I rang him up and said 'Would you be interested in doing it?' and he said 'Yeah, sure, why not?"'

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