NFL officials have banned the use of disgraced glam-rocker Gary Glitter’s “Rock and Roll Part 2″ — or, as it’s more commonly known, “The Hey Song” — in advance of this Sunday’s Super Bowl.
Glitter’s tune is of special significance to the New England Patriots, representatives of the league’s American Football Conference on Sunday, since the club plays a version of the tune after each touchdown. But the NFL didn’t want to provide royalty profits for Glitter, whose personal life as spiraled downward since the heady days of that 1972 hit. He’s now been convicted of child sex-related charges in two different countries, including his native England.
“We will not be playing any version (of) it,” league representative Brian McCarthy says, in published reports.
Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was the subject of a fake Twitter account last month — which announced, as a stunt, a proposed comeback bid.
Convicted in 1999 of possession of child pornography in England, Glitter served four months in prison then relocated to Vietnam — where he again found trouble. He was subsequently convicted of a string of child sexual abuse offenses there, before returning to the UK in 2008.
Glitter came to fame with a series of solo UK hits beginning in the 1970s, including “Rock and Roll, Parts 1 and 2,” “I Love You Love Me Love,” “I’m the Leader of the Gang (I Am)” and “Hello, Hello, I’m Back Again”. Twenty six of his hits spent a total of 180 weeks in the UK Top 100 between 1972-95. In the U.S., “Rock and Roll, Part 2″ rose to No. 7 in 1972 on the Billboard Hot 100, and has since become a staple at sporting events.
Glitter had recently filed an appeal to have his name removed from the sex offender registry, but his lawyer withdrew the appeal ahead of a scheduled appearance in Harrow Crown Court this month. Glitter will now remain on the registry for life.
The Patriots take on the New York Giants in the Super Bowl on Sunday.
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