- Rock and Roll (Gary Glitter song)
Name = Rock and Roll
Cover size =
Caption = Original 7" single
from Album = Glitter
A-side = "Rock and Roll Part 1"
B-side = "Rock and Roll Part 2"
Length = 3:01 (Part 1)
3:38 (Part 2)
Label = Bell Records
Writer = Gary Glitter,
Producer = Mike Leander
Chart position = * #2 (UK)
* #1 (France)
* #7 (USA) (B-side)
Last single =
This single = "Rock and Roll"
Next single = "I Didn't Know I Loved You (Til I Saw You Rock 'n' Roll)"
(1972)|"Rock and Roll", also known as "The Hey Song," is a song performed by British
glam rocker Gary Glitterthat was released in 1972 as a single and on the album "Glitter". Co-written by Glitter and Mike Leander, the song is in two parts: Part 1 is a vocal track reflecting on the history of the genre, and Part 2 is a mostly instrumental piece. Both parts were popular in Britain, and the single went to #2 on the British charts. In concert, Glitter merges both into one performance.
In the US, the
instrumentalportion (Part 2) attracted most of the attention; it hit #7 on the Billboard Hot 100. In the years since, Part 2 of the song has often been played at various sporting events in Canadaand the United States, particularly when the home teams scores (or wins). It was played first in a sport setting at Colorado Rockies hockey games in the late 1970s, [ [http://music.westword.com/Issues/2001-10-04/music/music2.html "Swimming Through History"] , " Westword", 4 October 2001] and the Denver Broncosare the first NFL team to play the song during games. [ [http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1004585/2/index.htm "The Vibes Of Victory"] , " Sports Illustrated", 30 November 1992]
The nickname "the Hey Song" refers to fact that the only intelligible word in Part 2 is the exclamation of "hey," punctuating the end of several instrumental phrases and repeated three times at the song's chorus. At sporting events, fans often insert their own "hey," or sometimes other chanted syllables.
"Rock and Roll" was one of over 20 UK hit singles for Glitter. Part 2 of this song has been used in the soundtrack to many movies, including "
Reality Bites" (1994), " Happy Gilmore" (1996), " The Full Monty" (1997), " Small Soldiers" (1998), " Any Given Sunday" (1999), "Bedazzled" (2000), "The Replacements" (2000), " Sugar & Spice" (2001), " Moonlight Mile" (2002), " Meet the Fockers" (2004), and "The Longest Yard" (2005).
Reaction to Glitter conviction
In 2005-2006, Glitter was convicted on child sexual abuse charges in
Vietnam. After the conviction was upheld in court, the NFLasked teams to stop playing the song, although Glitter had already been convicted and imprisoned on child pornographycharges in Englandin 1997. The NFL has allowed a cover versionof the song by the Tube Tops 2000to be played. [Cite web |url=http://music.yahoo.com/read/news/35824326 |title=Column: Why did NFL muzzle Gary Glitter? |date=2006-09-15 |accessdate=2008-08-20 |publisher=Yahoo! Music news] Subsequently, some professional and college teams in the US and Canada have discontinued using the song.
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