His song “Rock and Roll Part 2” plays for two minutes at a pivotal scene in the film
Posted on October 07, 2019
Despite the many controversies, Todd Phillips’s Joker laughed all the way to the bank when it broke box office records to earn $234 million in its opening weekend. Sadly, however, some of that money goes to a convicted pedophile.
Disgraced rock star Gary Glitter was convicted of sex crimes involving underage girls in 2015. He was later sentenced to 16 years in prison. Born musician Paul Gadd was previously jailed in 1999 after admitting to being in possession of child abuse footage.
Gary Glitter is also the artist behind “Rock and Roll Part 2”, an instrumental glam rock track that was once a well-known hockey anthem before being shelved due to Glitter’s poor reputation.
This song plays for about two minutes in Joker as the main character of Joaquin Phoenix dances down a long staircase.
According to CNBC, Glitter will receive a lump sum for the use of the song in the film. It will also be likely to receive additional royalties based on ticket sales, film sales, and the sale of the film’s soundtrack.
Warner Bros. has yet to comment on the song’s use in the film. Read Exclaim’s review! Joker.