Disgraced popstar's hit 'Rock And Roll Part 2' was played at the convention in North Carolina
Gary Glitter could be set for a royalty windfall after his track ‘Rock And Roll Part 2’ was played at the Democratic National Convention.
Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was convicted in 1999 of possession of child pornography and served four months in prison. After his release, he relocated to Vietnam, where he was subsequently convicted of a string of child sexual abuse offences.
The track, which is also known as ‘The Hey Song’, was played as former employees of companies controlled by Bain Capital took the podium to speak at the convention in Charlotte, North Carolina on Wednesday (September 5).
Bain Capital is an asset management company that is currently under investigation over its tax strategy and is being used by the Democratic Party as an example of “making money without a moral compass”.
According to Spin Magazine, the Democratic Party have not issued a comment on why the song was played. They will, however, almost certainly have to pay Glitter royalties for using the track.
This is the second time Glitter’s track has courted controversy in 2012. Earlier this year when it was revealed that Glitter’s 1972 track ‘Rock And Roll Part 2’ was likely to be played at this year’s Super Bowl, which again could have earned him thousands of pounds in royalties. However, NFL authorities stepped in and banned the song from being played.