His unique poetry writing and rapidfire delivery style was recorded and put to music by lengederary producer Martin Hannett and a band of Mancunian superstars, such as Buzzcocks Pete Shelley and The Durutti Columns Vinnie Reilly.
Seminal tracks such as Beasley St and Evidently Chickentown featured on the massive hit album Snap Crackle and Bop, one of 4 big selling original album releases on Sony Records in the late 70s and early 80s. They established John as one of the most prolific artistes of the Punk years.
JCC headlined gigs with support from many soon to be superstars including Joy Division, New Order and Duran Duran. He himself featured as special guest on many shows by the Sex Pistols, Buzzcocks and The Clash.
His poetry collection 10 Years in An Open Necked Shirt came out in the early 80s on Random House – Penguin, featuring the lyrics to his albums and more original material. It is one of the biggest selling poetry books in the UK.
Since then his career has spanned cultures, audiences, art forms and continents.
John's latest poetry collection The Luckiest Guy Alive was released worldwide in November 2018 via Picador/Macmillan. Featuring over 30 poems, it includes many of his adoring public's favourites such as; I've Fallen In Love With My Wife, Beasley Boulevard and Get Back on Drugs you Fat F*ck.
His influence can be heard within the keen social observations of the Arctic Monkeys and Plan B amongst many others. John has been involved in two recent global number one albums. The Arctic Monkeys putting one of John's best loved poems, I Wanna Be Yours, to music on their critically acclaimed and the best selling album world wide in 2013-14, A:M.
JCC's collabaration with Plan B, Ill Manors spawned a best selling soundtrack album and a hard hitting movie.
John's track, Evidently Chickentown, was used as the soundtrack over the credits of the penultimate episode of the hit TV show, The Sopranos.