Right Said Fred has revealed that they “refuse” to stop talking and listening to Gary Glitter’s songs.
Brothers Richard and Fred Fairbrass said the pedophile’s “inclinations” should be put aside so that his songs can still be enjoyed.
The I’m Too Sexy hit-makers appreciate the artistry that made Glitter’s glam records and say they shouldn’t be “penalized for being weird.”
Speaking on a podcast, the duo said the songs shouldn’t be related to a singer’s “racism or sexual issues” and also referred to Ian Watkins, the Lostprophets frontman convicted of abusing of children.
During the pandemic, the brothers made headlines after revealing they were anti-vaxx.
Fred, 58, told the Off The Beat And Track podcast: “We were heavily into the glam stuff, with Sweet, early David Bowie and Gary Glitter.
“I know you can’t really talk about Gary Glitter now, but we refuse to do that because, putting his inclinations aside, good people made this music.
“They shouldn’t be penalized and songs shouldn’t be penalized because of her mental issues and strangeness.
“I’ve had this argument online, with people saying ‘people should never play Gary Glitter’ well, what about the poor (the musicians who worked with Glitter).
“Why should they suffer because they made the mistake of dating someone who has some really nasty problems?” “
Fred continued, “It’s like Ian Watkins and the Lostprophets, these guys in the band, they shouldn’t be in pain just because of his issues.
“It’s a very difficult call but I’m quite passionate about the music, I think the song is a piece of its own, it has a life of its own and shouldn’t be attached to other people’s racism or sexual issues.”
Richard, 68, added: “Fred is right, you have to separate the art itself from the person who produced it.”
Separately, Richard told the podcast he thinks the UK music industry is taking no more risks and said “this is why we are stuck with cruise ship singers like Adele who looks like a news reader. “.
“I’m sure she’s adorable, but it’s not the most exciting thing you’re going to hear,” he said.
Richard said that “everyone is so keen to make man happy” and hatched a plan to bring “exuberance” back to British music.
He said: “You have to make the pubs smoke, you have to eliminate the VAT from all the products in the pubs, and you have to put politicians and health and safety people out of the way, then you will get a vibrant artistic community. “