Untitled Gary Glitter Studio Album (lost unreleased music from glam rock singer; 2008)
Gary Glitter is a British glam rock singer and convicted sex offender. He was a popular singer throughout the 1970s and 80s, producing 26 hit singles and selling over 20 million records. However, his legacy has been tainted since 1997, as he has been convicted for various sex crimes against children over the years, including in Vietnam. Prior to being deported from Vietnam to Britain in 2008, Glitter stated that he had an incomplete album that he was seeking to finish as part of a comeback.
Glitter is perhaps most notable for several successful solo hits, including "Rock and Roll, Parts 1 and 2", "Do You Wanna Touch Me", and "I Love You Love Me Love". However, his career and reputation became tarnished when in November 1997 he was arrested after thousands of indecent images of children were found in a laptop he had taken to a technician for repair, and in his home. Two years later, he would be sentenced to four months in prison after admitting 54 charges of making indecent images of children. Nevertheless, Glitter continued his career post-prison, including releasing his seventh studio album On. This was subject to significant controversy, with MPs and other campaigners attempting to block the release. However, neither the UK Government nor the music industry had the power to stop the release of the record.
After being vilified by the British public and media, Glitter left the UK and began living in various countries in the early-to-mid 2000s, including Cambodia, where he was ultimately deported in December 2002 most likely due to the Minister for Woman's Affairs' campaign to deport Glitter from the country. Glitter then lived in Vietnam for a few years, before being arrested in November 2005 on suspicion of sexually abusing girls. He would be found guilty in March 2006 of abusing two girls aged 10 and 11, being sentenced to three years in prison and would be deported upon the sentence's end. Although Glitter tried to avoid returning to Britain, he ultimately moved back to his home country on 22nd August, 2008, after 19 others denied him entry.
On 25th June 2008, The Daily Telegraph reported that Gary Glitter had planned to relaunch his music career. Glitter was interviewed by Vietnam's Cong An Nhan Dan, where he stated that once he was released from prison, he would finish an incomplete album and "continue to rock'n'roll". Little is known about this album, including the titles of the songs and how much progress Glitter had made on the album prior to his legal troubles, with Glitter remaining silent on it after a series of interviews.
In January 2012, a Twitter account claimed that it was the official Twitter page for Gary Glitter. Called OfficialGlitter, it announced a comeback album would be created called Still Shining, which would be released later in the year. Additionally, it announced an autobiography was in the works, and that Glitter was to embark on a worldwide tour. While Glitter theoretically could have run a Twitter account back then as there was no ban or restrictions on sex offenders operating accounts on the platform, some claimed the account was a possible hoax, especially since it was yet to be verified. Ultimately, it was confirmed the account was an impostor by its creator.
While Glitter would release works in 2011, these were compilation albums, including All That Glitters and The Hey Song (Rock & Roll Part 2): The Greatest Hits. Any further production on this untitled studio album would be halted the following year, when on 28th October, 2012, he would be arrested on suspicion of historical sex offences as part of Operation Yewtree. Among accusations include him sexually abusing a teenage girl in Jimmy Savile's dressing room following a Clunk-Click episode. On 5th February, 2015, Glitter was found guilty of six charges, including one count of attempted rape, one count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under 13, and four counts of indecent assault, all of which were said to have occurred in the 1970s and 80s. On the 27th that same month, he would be sentenced to 16 years in prison. As of the present day, Glitter is incarcerated at HMP The Verne.
Ultimately, aside from Glitter's confirmation of an unfinished album in 2008, very little information is known regarding its current status. For a brief period, there was a possibility that Glitter may have been able to finish said album, as he was released from prison in February 2023, after serving half his sentence. However, he would subsequently be recalled to prison in March after breaching his license conditions, making any possible release of the album in the foreseeable future unlikely.
- BBC News documenting Glitter's career. Retrieved 18 Nov '21
- Guardian reporting on Glitter's 1997 arrest. Retrieved 18 Nov '21
- BBC News reporting on Glitter being jailed over his 54 indecent images convictions. Retrieved 18 Nov '21
- BBC News reporting on Glitter's plans for a new album in the early-2000s, and the controversy it caused. Retrieved 18 Nov '21
- Billboard reporting on Glitter being deported from Cambodia. Retrieved 18 Nov '21
- Guardian reporting on Glitter being arrested for sex crimes in Vietnam. Retrieved 18 Nov '21
- Guardian reporting on Glitter being sentenced for his crimes against two girls in Vietnam. Retrieved 18 Nov '21
- BBC News reporting on Glitter's return to the UK, after being refused entry by 19 other countries. Retrieved 18 Nov '21
- Archived Telegraph reporting on Glitter's plan to finish an incomplete album. Retrieved 18 Nov '21
- Rockol noting that a series of interviews were made where Glitter announced a new album, with no further updates by January 2012. Retrieved 18 Nov '21
- NME reporting on OfficialGlitter's claims, later confirming the account was an impostor. Retrieved 18 Nov '21
- Discogs page for All That Glitters. Retrieved 18 Nov '21
- Discogs page for The Hey Song (Rock & Roll Part 2): The Greatest Hits. Retrieved 18 Nov '21
- BBC News reporting on Glitter's 2012 arrest. Retrieved 18 Nov '21
- Daily Mail providing a guest's account of the incidents occurring within Savile's dressing room. Retrieved 18 Nov '21
- BBC News reporting on Glitter being found guilty in February 2015 of historical child sex offences. Retrieved 18 Nov '21
- BBC News reporting on Glitter being sentenced to 16 years in prison. Retrieved 18 Nov '21
- Dorset Echo noting Glitter is incarcerated at HMP The Verne. Retrieved 18 Nov '21
- BBC News reporting on Glitter being released from prison in February 2023. Retrieved 4 Feb '23
- BBC News reporting on Glitter being recalled to prison in March 2023. Retrieved 21 Mar '23