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Convicted paedophile Gary Glitter has been excised from a GCSE music coursework paper which listed his glamtastic 1970 hit I’m The Leader Of The Gang as “related listening” to be enjoyed by wide-eyed teens. The outrage was spotted by an anonymous deputy headteacher and father of two from Windsor on the Assessment and …


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  1. FlatSpot

    "I dread to think what they may find searching online for him"

    Yeah be terrible if kids actually found out about the real world huh... better to cover them in cotton wool and pretend everything is fine and dandy...

    Since when did kids do extra homework and actually pay for music anyway????

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    It is a sad day when the church of england is more sensible than HMG

    Reminds me of the Church Of England telling to sod off to all people objecting to Eric Gill's works in the Westimnster. Sad day when a "liberal" government is less liberal than the Church.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton


    "I dread to think what they may find searching online for him"

    Do they think Google has his whole pedo porn stash in there, ready to jump out and corrupt any innocent children?

    Fucking hell, fekless gobshites like that should be shipped off to Luddite Island.

  4. Rick
    Paris Hilton

    I am title, hear me roar.

    "Boys and girls of 15 or 16 who select this song will go straight to the internet to find Glitter’s music. I dread to think what they may find searching online for him.”

    While I agree it would be pretty horrific if they accidentally found some of his music, it seems far more likely that they'll just find news about him being a pedophile.

    Seriously though, as a wise man (OK, boy) once said - what's the big fucking deal, bitch? It's not like these are nursery children, GCSE students are plenty old enough to know about things like this. Hell, given that it's a mix of 15 and 16 year olds, half of them are probably technically pedophiles themselves. What exactly is supposed to be achieved by pretending Gary Glitter doesn't exist?

    Paris, because they all know about her already.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    If Einstein was a paedophile

    would we recommend all his theories be removed from science books?

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    What a bunch of twonks

    What he did was wrong but that shouldn't be a reason to supress his music. Furthermore, other reports say some teachers worry about the subject of paedophilia being brought up in the classroom, in which case if they don't know how to handle the situation or discuss it then they shouldn't be teachers.

    Any idea who is considered so squeaky clean as to be on the list? I'd bet a decent sum that most if not all have had some sort of drug or alcohol related problem or other moral transgression. In which case it's effectively saying we've banned this person for one thing but these others have done something else which we fully condone.

  7. Ian S

    Door, horse, bolted?

    Is this the same bunch of people who complained about a certain Mr. Brand, 2 weeks after the original broadcast? Not that I advocate any of the actions a Mr. G. Glitter performed, but to "suddenly" realise he's a kiddie fiddler seems to be a bit of a poor show on the examining bodies part. What's next removing Mein Kampf from the English Lit course because they've suddenly realised a Mr A Hitler might not have been a nice chap after all?

  8. Pete James

    For heaven's sake

    I sighed when I read the quote from the deputy head:

    "I dread to think what they may find searching online for him.”

    Probably an awful lot of news stories about his arrest, reports about his manipulation of young girls and advice on how to avoid similar folk, thereby informing and helping to educate children of the evils of such people. A case of the web being a good thing then, as I would hope this ignorant fool will soon realise.

    It's a pity this person wasn't named. I wouldn't want any child of mine going to a school administered by such a cretinous fool.

  9. Benny
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    What, is the music going to jump through the speakers and attack them!? pffftttt

  10. Avi

    I totally agree!

    And, while we're at it, can we remove the murderers and dictators from the history syllabus?

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Better ban Michael Jackson (Or was he never actually found guilty?) too.

    What about violence? Better ban all that nasty rap and metal. For Daily Mail readers: many people still think it's worse to kill a child than rape one, sorry.

    Oh noes! What about all that "druggie music"? Better ban the Beatles, Doors, Led Zep, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, etc, etc.

  12. Richard Neill

    Please let's not start censoring Art because we don't like the Artist

    that route, madness lies. How many composers of great music have had flawed personalities?

  13. Mike Smith
    Black Helicopters

    Just before the two minutes hate...

    GCSE music paper doubleplus ungood refs unperson rewrite fullwise upsub antefiling

  14. Sam

    You're mental

    I can't believe El Reg opened comments on this one..

  15. Herr Ferret

    What.. Wha.. Cough?

    Was this the exam for rewriting history GCSE? You can't pretend that one of the most popular british entertainers didn't exist because of his malodourous penchant for meddling with minors.

    Pssh. Imagine when they finally get their GCSE music they will be unemployable in the light entertainment trade, probably joining all the modern media students under a local underpass busking.

    Science Guy, Because he is feeling blue like me after reading this.

    "Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it."

    George Santayana and my GCSE History teacher.

  16. Ishkandar

    @Chris W

    "Any idea who is considered so squeaky clean as to be on the list?" -

    Cliff Richard aka Harry Webb !! From now on all such exams will be based on his music !!

    And to think St. Paul used to go round killing Christians until he got hit by a beam of pink light on the road to Damascus !!

  17. Mike Smith
    Black Helicopters

    Just before the Two Minutes Hate

    GCSE music paper doubleplusungood refs unperson rewrite fullwise upsub antefiling

  18. Stevie

    Gentlemen, Ladies, Please!

    Stop all this negativity! Spread the love, for is it not written:

    I love you love

    You love me too love

    I love you love me love?

    Note how the master songwriter anticipates the current green crisis by recycling three of the five words in this chorus?

    I mean, it's not like he did something unspeakably vile like boffing kids, is it?

  19. Random Noise

    @ If Einstein was a paedophile

    I get the point of your message, but ffs comparing the one of the best physicists of the 20th century with a bald fat paedo known for jumping about like a twat in a silver suit?

    He doesn't need punishment, he needs gunishment!

  20. Shady

    The only 20th century musician not struck from the syllabus....

    ....will be Cliff Richard.

    Mines the one going through my sons coat pocket to ensure he's not carrying any secret Gary Glitter parephernalia.

  21. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Chipping in

    > Conservative Shadow Minister for Children Tim Loughton chipped in: “I can’t believe AQA could not find a song from an alternative musician.”

    Like Michael Jackson perhaps?

    If nu labour come back, those Sharons and Traceys will surely have that £200,000 a year off Glitter, before you can say "Balls". Best not though, they'll have those too.

  22. Anonymous Coward

    Oh won't somebody please think of the ...


    By the same argument, I suppose we'd better make sure nobody ever uses ReiserFS either. Oh wait ... nobody does.

  23. Martin Silver badge

    @ How many composers of great music have had flawed personalities

    Wagner is still on the GCSE syllabus.

    Some very naughty boys were big fans of his.

  24. adnim

    Protecting children

    Protect children from the sometimes horrid realities of life by shielding them completely from exposure to such horrors. That's right, keep them safe and incorruptible by depriving them of the very information they need to defend themselves from the slings and arrows that may well be launched at them during their developing years. After all if they don't know about it, it doesn't exist right? Ignorance is truly bliss, until that is, one is expected to make an informed decision.

    No wonder children in mid teens feel alienated from society when they are patronised in such a way and treated not as young adults but little kids. Children are maturing at a younger age and taking on responsibility for their actions sooner than previous generations did. The education system may now be teaching children to pass exams instead of teaching the subject resulting in some very ill-educated school leavers, but these kids are more worldly wise than previous generations ever were and much more than they are given credit for.

  25. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Mein Kampf should be removed from English Lit courses

    if for some reason it has ended up in one, firstly, because it is of no literary value, and, secondly, because it is written in German.

  26. Chris Collins

    Pop music

    I got my interest in paedophilic incest from Jerry Lee Lewis.

  27. Anonymous Coward

    Opportunity to counter celeb culture....missed

    Lets keep them thinking all pop starts are demi gods to be worshiped. I like a black an white world with goodies and badies. Hitler didnt make the trains run on time and Brunell never smoked a Cigar.

  28. Richard

    "You turned my kids homosexual"

    Criminal behaviour should not be a prohibition on study. We might as well get rid of Hitler, Stalin (mass murder), Guy Fawkes, George Washington (treason), Hanson, Steps (crimes against music), Sylvia Plath, Alan Turing (suicide).

    Particularly ironic from a paper who whinges on about political correctness gone mad...

  29. Anonymous Coward
    Black Helicopters

    Feeling conflicted

    Maybe it's my age; I was a mere boy when Mr Glitter was at the height of his fame, and my Mum has entertaining memories of me stomping around in shorts and wellies shouting "Come on, come on!" at the top of my little voice. What I'm trying to say is that I have something of a soft spot for old Gary. Think he's a dreadful shit, obviously, both for what he's been found guilty of doing to little girls, and for his apparently unrepentant attitude to his crimes, but on the other hand he did make me very happy as a little five-year-old, and I can't help thinking that he's never, ever going to be given a chance to repent for what he's done. Even if he does feel remorse, will we ever hear of it?

    Is it just me? Was I right to post that all anonymous-like?

  30. Anonymous Coward


    I'm starting to wonder if the Daily Maul et al are actually seeding all these shock-horror-think-of-the-children rants - sorry stories - just to give us all something to chuckle at in the afternoons...?

  31. Pete Silver badge

    @Richard Neill

    ... and how many of them painted nudes (it's ok, it's art) or pictures of children - or both together?

    This knee jerk, with the emphasis on the "jerk", reaction is a sad, if accurate, commentary of our time. I can't help thinking this is what all the superstitious stuff, baying crowds, ignorance and fear about witches and magic must've been like in the middle-ages. I wonder when we, as a culture, will grow out of it?

  32. MooToTheMax

    Fuck's sake

    Why aren't they calling for Oasis to be purged from stores and mentions as well? After all, their sampling in "Hello," earns Gadd dough as well.

    Whilst we're on the subject, what about Hitler's favourite, Wagner? No more Ride of the Valkyrie accompanying Bugs Bunny?


  33. Anonymous Coward

    Stands to reason...

    ...that most IT types wouldn't be happy banning something just because the originator turned out to be a bit of a crim.

    So I hope you're all still using Reiserfs!

  34. Graham Marsden

    Burn the witch...!

    And once you've burned the witch, burn everything else that's even vaguely associated with them!

    The Moral Purity of society must be protected at all costs...!

  35. Anonymous Coward


    "The outrage was spotted by an anonymous deputy headteacher and father of two from Windsor on the Assessment and Qualification Alliance (AQA) exam board's"

    Obviously a non-wanker & self-flagelist then?

  36. Robbie Simpson

    And in other news...

    Presumably all films by Roman Polanski must be off the Media Studies list as well ?

  37. Anonymous Coward

    "If they buy his song"

    hahaha, because that's really going to happen...

    Mine's the one with the mp3 player full of pirated music in the pocket.

  38. Mark McC
    Paris Hilton

    Never mind the (underage) bollocks

    Ignoring the paedophile aspect, what is there about Gary Glitter's music that makes it recommended listening to GCSE students? A few disposable glam rock hits and nothing more. There must be plenty of more worthy artists that could fill his slot (fnarr).

    Paris had a similarly brief and awful music career, but she kept her porn escapades legal.

  39. Pete

    Pedophile Glitter

    So is pedophile glitter something they use in arts and crafts?

    As for "I dread to think what they may find searching online for him" What a tosser, obviously the guy has never used a search engine before, and is one of these muppets that thinks the kind of material Mr Glitter had on his pc is easy to come by. World is being over taken by the worst type of people that i'm sure if you delve deep enough into their psych you will find that they get turned on by this stuff.

  40. GrahamT

    Ban 'em all!

    Goodbye Alice in Wonderland/Through the looking Glass from the school libraries. (Alice Liddel's parents stopped Lewis Carrol from seeing her because of his unnatural interest) His photographs of her would be seized by the plod nowadays.

    Does this mean we can't use the rhyming slang either? As in "He checked into casualty with a moby up his Gary"

  41. Vladimir Plouzhnikov

    Have they also removed

    Cat Stevens' songs? After all, he is on the US no-fly list... Terrist, not less!

  42. 4a$$Monkey

    "This stonking great child molester"

    Fantastic quote!


  43. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I have got news for Mr Deputy Head

    Your daughters are probably doing it already. They probably think that you are a bit of an old fashioned pratt who doesn't understand how life is today. And they enjoy getting a bit sweaty with their SO of the day / hour.

    If they are 15 / 16 then they are probably too old for Mr Gadd anyway. And they wouldn't voluntarily listen to his music as it isn't <insert current yoof culture slang for modern / good>.

    The olny shocking think about this whole article is how on earth does Paul Gadd earn £200,000 per year from the crap^M music that he performed in the 70's. Now THAT is shocking.

  44. Nemo Metis

    @ Wagner is still on the syllabus

    Shouldn't they have gotten rid of this yonks ago given its incestuous plotline?

    Anyway, where's the point in removing one of Glitter's songs from the curriculum, your already guaranteed the student know who and what he is, and have almost certainly listened to at least one of his songs.

    And what's the danger in letting them look him up? All they'll find is BBC and Daily Fail reports of his kiddy fiddling, i can't imagine they would actually come across one of his songs. It's not like they've published his naughty pics is it?

    Mines the one with the target on it for Fail readers....

  45. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Bring back Salem?

    There's an unnervingly shrill and slightly slavering note to some of those quotes, and a stench of the 'legalise vigilantes' about one or two of the comments here. Whats next? Witch burning cos you don't like the cut of the woman next doors jib? Trial by ordeal perhaps - cheaper than the courts and a real crowd pleaser?

    The only people who can compete with paedophiles for the low life of the year award are those with no sense of proportion.

  46. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Can't think of a title

    To quote one of my favourite tunesmiths:

    "Cover the baby without thinking

    As if to shield him with the wardenship of a jar

    His mum will hide him away from all danger

    But not very far, not very far" - Fast Robert, Tim Smith

    Don't know why, but it's what I tought of when I read the article.


  47. Anonymous Coward
    Thumb Down

    Re: Never mind the (underage) bollocks

    "what is there about Gary Glitter's music that makes it recommended listening to GCSE students?"

    A good example of what *not* to do when it comes to songwriting?

    I mean, really, from a musical standpoint the bulk of the 70s should be shovelled into a deep, dark hole and left to die - the decade that taste forgot, indeed.

  48. Glenn Charles
    Paris Hilton

    Gary Glitter



  49. Anonymous Coward
    Thumb Up

    @Simon Ward

    Oi Troll, bog off.

    T-Rex (Marc Bolan), Deep Purple, Led Zepplin, The Who (Quadrophenia 1973),and many others.

    I can only assume that your hearing decided to stop functioning after listening to Haircut 100, Duran Duran and other such tripe.

  50. Ian


    ``What's next removing Mein Kampf from the English Lit course because they've suddenly realised a Mr A Hitler might not have been a nice chap after all?''

    In order to be removed, it'll need to be on a course to start with: could someone tell us where that's happening? I'd be surprised to find that any GCSE, GCE, CSE, CEE, School Certificate, Pre-U or other qualification in English Literature has studied Mein Kampf.

  51. Anonymous Coward

    Chris W

    The great thing about ad-hominem attacks - they make you look like a bit of an ass.

    Most of the music I've encountered that was released between 1969 and 1976 (approx.) is complete and utter shit (the output of Mr.Gadd included) , with the only real high-points being the first couple of Black Sabbath albums, Klaus Schulze-era Tangerine Dream (and his first solo albums too), Lemmy-era Hawkwind (and Motorhead, natch) and Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here"[*].

    After '76, things admittedly do start to get more interesting with the advent of punk, although I have a certain fondness for the likes of KISS, Ted Nugent's first couple of albums (the man himself is an arse, but by Christ he can play guitar) and most of Frank Zappa's mid-70s output.

    Deep Purple I'll grant you - 'Machine Head' is an excellent album, and without their influence we wouldn't have had the NWOBHM explosion in the late 70s/early 80s (can't beat a bit of good, old early-80s cock-rock whilst you're bombing down the M1)

    Opinions are like arseholes - everyone has one but you're not allowed to like the one belonging to the other guy. Now if you'll excuse me, there's some Berlin School electronica vying for my attention, and as a (former) semi-pro musician I take most things on their own merits. The majority of 70s stuff I don't like. Deal with it.

    [*] - "Dark Side of the Moon" blows. So sue me.

  52. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    @Simon Ward

    Seem to have touched a nerve, just guessing but were you a semi-pro bass player?

    I obviously misinterpreted your original comment, didn't realise you were being serious and fully accept your reasoned arguments.

  53. Anonymous Coward

    Think of the Children

    ban all music by the beatles 'cause they were on DRUGS!

    ban all books because paper is a limited resourse

    ban school because teachers are subversive

    VOTE LABOUR - 'cause you're too fucking stupid to see any alternative.

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