With JCC as lead singer and Cornwell on guitar
Cai Trefor

09:32 14th December 2016

John Cooper Clarke has always looked like he belongs in The Rolling Stones but the quick-witted poet has never been a lead singer, until now. Watch John Cooper Clarke singing a cover of the awesome Richie Valen’s song ‘Donna’, originally released in 1958, on Gigwise below.

The cut, which proves Clarke has always had it in him to be a frontman, is shot in moody tones in the style that suits the style of the 50s song the he and collaborator Hugh Cornwell are covering. Cornwell spent his career in no other than The Stranglers – who are absolutely one of the greatest bands of all time.

‘Donna’ is taken from Cornwell and Clarke’s collaborative album This Time It’s Personal – a record that doesn’t feature any spoken word. It’s ten hand-picked songs reflecting the pair's shared love of classic American and British pop they grew up with, casting light on songs that may have been forgotten for new audiences.

However, on the highly-acclaimed tour they just finished, the legends drew on highlights of each others disparate yet equally fantastic careers, including: ‘No More Heroes’, ’36 Hours’, ‘Nice N’ Sleazy’ ‘I Wanna be Yours. Classic stuff.

Photo: Dean Chalkley