Right Said Fred has revealed that he “refuses” to stop talking and listening to Gary Glitter songs.
Brothers Richard and Fred Fairbrass said the pedophile’s ‘inclinations’ should be put aside so his songs can still be enjoyed.
The I’m Too Sexy hitmakers appreciate the artistry that went into creating Glitter’s glam records and say they shouldn’t be “penalized for being weird”.
Speaking on a podcast, the duo said songs should not be linked to a singer’s ‘racism or gender issues’ and also referenced Ian Watkins, the Lostprophets singer convicted of having abused children.
During the pandemic, the brothers made headlines after they revealed they were anti-vaxx.
Fred, 58, told the Off The Beat And Track podcast: “We were very 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 not to because, putting his inclinations aside, some good people have made this music.
“They shouldn’t be penalized and the songs shouldn’t be penalized because of his mental issues and his weirdness.
“I’ve had this argument online, with people saying ‘people should never play Gary Glitter’ and well, what about the poor (musicians who’ve worked with Glitter).
“Why should they suffer because they made the mistake of dating someone who has really nasty issues? »
Fred continued: “It’s like Ian Watkins and the Lostprophets, those guys in the band, they shouldn’t be suffering just because of his issues.
“It’s a very tough call but I’m quite passionate about music, I think the song is an element in its own right, it has its own life and shouldn’t be attached to racism or other people’s 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 isn’t taking any more risks and said “that’s why we’re stuck with cruise ship singers like Adele who looks like a newsreader”.
“I’m sure she’s adorable, but that’s not the most exciting thing you’re going to hear,” he said.
Richard said “everyone is so eager to please the man” and laid out a plan to bring “exuberance” back to British music.
He said: “You have to get the pubs smoked, you have to deduct VAT from all the goods in the pubs, and you have to get the politicians and health and safety people out of the way, and then you have a vibrant arts community. . .”