Who the fuck is Kory Clarke?
Published: August 10, 2011
After the Space Age Playboys record, Clarke broke up Warrior Soul and put together a band with the Space Age Playboys name. It was, he says, an organic move. "No one from the band was with me at the time, and I wanted to change names anyway, when I did the Warrior Soul Space Age Playboys record. The band, Space Age Playboys, was just taking the concept of that record to the utmost. That record's packed with cool shit."
The Space Age Playboys put out one studio album, 1998's New Rock Underground, and one live album, and then that band folded too. Clarke quit music for a while, concentrating on poetry (which would eventually lead to his spoken word live performances and forthcoming recorded output). However, in 2007, he found himself pulled back into the studio to record the solo record Opium Hotel. By no means an easy listening record, the album is dark and depraved. It isn't, he says, autobiographical. "I've never been a junkie," he says. "Heroin makes me itchy. It's an incredibly boring drug. Opium Hotel is about someone being hooked on heroin, and that bad way of life."
Kory Clarke laid down some life experience since leaving Detroit. He's formed and broken up two bands, released a solo album (with a second, Opium Hotel 2, on the way), he's written poetry and spoken word diatribes, and he's trying his hand at painting. Shit, he's even fronting stoner metal veterans Trouble now too.
He's still pissed off and he's still pissing people off. That's what he does. Like old Johnny Lydon said, "Anger is an energy," and Clarke is one motherfucker.
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