Read John Cooper Clarke's Topman Poem

The punk poet is the unexpected star of day one at London Collections: Men

The Topman show proved a unique highlight of day one of London Collections: Men – and we don’t just mean the light absorbing fabrics and high shine leather.

The high street giants recruited the services of punk poet John Cooper Clarke (the Sopranos and Arctic Monkeys-inspiring wordsmith we’ve advocated before) to provide the show notes in his customary style.

What could have been a cringe moment is actually JCC at his swaggering best. Enjoy reading it in full below.

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Top Man

Razor wire and Gaffer tape
a footprint on a fire escape
PVC with a careless drape
a peacoat cut right outa shape
steel ropes and battleship chains
overarching cranes and trains
straight down the middle of the lanes
CLICK CLACK CLICKETY CLACK
return of the PAC-A-MAC
in a semi see-thru shade of black
this kick-ass boot with a heavy track
ask me and I'll come back with
speaking on as a professional poet
there's apparel, Jim, but not as we know it

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Apparel, Jim, watch this space
when winter shrinks your pretty face
a faint smile seems outa place
the final trace of an island race
BASS - how low can you go
no money down without I owe it
there's apparel, Jim, but not as we know it
Return of the Pac-a-mac
in a semi see-thru shade of black
Is worn by Ann Dvorak at that
After party at the Shanghai Spivak
Ask me and I'll come back with
Speaking as a professional poet
There's apparel, Jim, but not as we know it.