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Published on January 31st, 2012 | by Alan Cross

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The NFL Has a Problem and Its Name is Gary Glitter

Anyone who’s been to any kind of sporting event since the middle 70s has heard “Rock and Roll, Part 2” (the “Hey” song to the uninitiated) played to rile up the crowd.  Each time it’s played, its composer earns public performance royalties.

“Rock and Roll, Part 2” was written in 1972 by Gary Glitter, the former British rock star who is now convicted child molestor.

He’s made millions from the song over the years and stands to make a good chunk of change with the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Why?  Because it’s the theme song of the New England Patriots.  

Not the Glitter version, mind you–it’s been banned by the NFL because of Glitter’s paedophile convictions–but a cover by Tune Tops 2000.  Still, whenever it’s played, Glitter is entitled to royalties.

No wonder the NFL is trying hard to grow their own fight songs.





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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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