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Gary Glitter


Add "pervert" to the words used to describe Gary Glitter, the "King of Glam" (other obvious choices include kitschy, raunchy, eccentric, and ridiculous). Surely his child pornography charges take some of the thrill out of singing along to "Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)" and "Rock Hard Men (Need The Power)." From the beginning, Glitter seemed determined to push the limits of what music executives considered marketable; sadly, smut turned out to be the sword by which he would live and die. If you think you've never heard his music before, think again. Chances are if you've ever been to a soccer, football or hockey game you've heard the chorus from "Rock And Roll," an almost universal crowd chant and lucrative debut for the artist. Glitter's notoriety continued into the 1980s, when both Joan Jett and the Human League covered his songs. Perhaps only Liberace's popularity has been more puzzling.
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