August 25, 2016

picture dis(c) 2: Gary Glitter ~ Dance Me Up

photos by Styrous®  

Gary Glitter was born Paul Francis Gadd on May 8, 1944, in Banbury, Oxfordshire, England. At 15, he began performing under the stage name Paul Raven until 1971 when he became, Gary Glitter. 

Gary Glitter
side 2: To Young To Dance 
picture disc

The song that made Gary Glitter's name began as a 15-minute jam; whittled down to a pair of three-minute extracts it was released as the A and B sides of a single called Rock and Roll, Parts One and Two. Part Two proved to be the more popular side in many countries, although it took about six months before it made its full impact, going to number two on the British pop charts and reaching the Top Ten in the United States, one of the few British glam rock records to do so. Rock and Roll (Part One) was also a hit in France, where it made number one, and in the UK both sides were listed together on the charts.  

Dance Me Up
picture disc detail

Glitter was a major influence on early and post punk rock, new wave, Britpop and glam metal. In the early 80's he was playing 80 shows a year at colleges and clubs and had chart hits; Dance Me Up was one of those hits (UK No.25). He launched his own record label in the early 1990s, Attitude Records, after he lost his deal with Virgin Records. He had signed to Virgin after leaving Arista Records in 1984 after twelve years with the label. Attitude records was merged into Machmain, Ltd. later in the 1990s, a music company owned by Glitter.    

Gary Glitter
Dance Me Up
picture disc detail

One of the Glitter hits, Do You Wanna Touch Me, from 1973 was covered by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts in 1980 on the album, Bad Reputation, and became a major hit which reached number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1982.   

Dance Me Up

In 1998, his recording of Rock and Roll was listed as one of the top 1,001 songs in music history. The mostly instrumental, Rock and Roll, Part 2, has been played as a popular cheering song at American sporting events for decades.     

Gary Glitter
Dance Me Up
picture disc detail

an unfortunate placement (maybe) of the spindle hole

Gary Glitter ‎– Dance Me Up
Label: Arista ‎– Arist D 570
Format: Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Picture Disc, Shape, Single
Country: UK
Released: 1984
Genre: Pop


A     Dance Me Up    
B     Too Young To Dance 

Gary Glitter on YouTube:    
 Dance Me Up         
 Too Young To Dance            
 Rock & Roll, Part 2           
 I Didn't Know I loved You Till I Saw You Rock And Roll)          
 Hello Hello I´m Back Again                
 Do You Want To Touch Me        
 Joan Jett ~ Do You Wanna Touch Me       

Styrous® ~ Thursday, August 25, 2016  

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