“The Sopranos” Goes To “Chickentown”

Apr 16th, 2007 // 6 Comments

cooperclarke.jpgThanks to Loudersoft for posting this MP3 of “Evidently Chickentown,” the 1980 punk-rant from John Cooper Clarke that appeared on last night’s episode of The Sopranos (the song played just as [REDACTED] was being [REDACTED]). Clarke was part of the British post-punk scene of the late-’70s/early-’80s, opening for the Buzzcocks and garnering comparisons to Johnny Rotten (there’s a 1978 interview with NME archived here, if you need more info). Hearing the taut, jarring “Chickentown” on The Sopranos was a surprise at first, until we realized that the song has just as many utterances of the F-word in two minutes as the show does in an entire episode:

John Cooper Clarke – Evidently Chickentown [MP3, link expired]
John Cooper Clarke [Official Site]

  1. noamjamski

    I was wondering what that song was. I really liked it, and it worked well with that spoiler free mystery scene.

    Thanks Idolator!

  2. Jfrankparnell

    And more times than the f-word, JCC sings/says “bloody,” a probable telegraph of what’s probably coming for the next seven episodes. Which is good, because it felt like the Sporanos jumped the shark, a leeeeetle bit, last night.

    Certainly search out JCC’s 1978 “Disguise in Love,” and not just for Martin Hannett.

  3. Wicked Zoot

    HA! I *thought* so! I waded through the end credits to get confirmation, then forgot to check this morning. Thanks I-doh!

  4. loudersoft

    yes, thank you idolator. big kisses and hugs and teddy bears and stuff. ;-)


    A fan of John Cooper-Clarke since his early shows in the north of England in the late ’70s, I was thrilled to hear ‘Evidently Chickentown’, from the 1980 album ‘Snap, Crackle & Bop’, on The Sopranos. Johnny Clarke a widely acknowledged influence on new Brit pups – and fellow northerners – the Arctic Monkeys. ‘Beasley Street’, on the same album, is probably a more powerful indictment of the Thatcher-induced malaise in Britain at the time as any subsequent recording by any artist. ‘Keith Joseph smiles and a baby dies,’ John drones about the Maggie goon, before adding: ‘People turn to poison/Quick as lager turns to piss/Sweethearts are physically sick every time they kiss/It’s a sociologist’s paradise/Each day repeats/Uneasy, cheesy, greasy, queasy, beastly… Beasley Street.’

  6. Trackback

    Given the fact that one of my very first entries on this site was about the pre You Tube scarcity and procurement of Joy Division footage, one would think that we would’e gotten to Joy Division before, say, the Eurovision Song Contest. We did not.

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