On (Gary Glitter album)
|Studio album by Gary Glitter|
|Producer||Gary Glitter, Martin Jenkins, Kit Woolven|
|Gary Glitter chronology|
On is a 2001 album by English rock singer Gary Glitter, and his last studio album as of 2017. It contains new recordings of songs that were only ever performed live during Glitter's last concerts in 1996 and 1997. The album was released in 2001, two years after Glitter's UK conviction for possession of child pornography. It was available only for a short time through Glitter's website, and sold a mere 5,000 copies worldwide. After his conviction most major retailers had refused to stock his music.
Nine of the twelve titles on the album, including the ballad "Never Want The Rain", were co-written by Glitter and Martin Jenkins. The other three tracks were new recordings of earlier Gary Glitter titles; "Hooked On Hollywood" and "Hello, Hello, I'm Back Again" were co-written by Glitter and Mike Leander, and first recorded in the 1970s. "Ready To Rock" was originally recorded by Glitter for his 1992 album Leader 2. Though Glitter has not issued a new studio album since On, he has continued to release singles.
As children are a major audience of pop music, controversy arose around the release of On album due to assertions that Glitter was exploiting children. In response to the complaints, the British Phonographic Industry issued a statement saying Glitter was now a free man and could do what he wants as far as making music is concerned.
All tracks composed by Gary Glitter and Martin Jenkins; except where indicated
- "Rock Hard Men Part 1 & 2"
- "Whooz Been Good to You?"
- "Ready to Rock" (Glitter, Mark Pearson)
- "Hooked on Hollywood" (Glitter, Mike Leander)
- "Never Want the Rain"
- "(If) Lost on Life Street" (Glitter, Martin Jenkins; spoken lyrics taken from "If" by Rudyard Kipling)
- "Up for Love"
- "Hello, Hello, I'm Back Again (Again!)" (Glitter, Mike Leander)
- Gary Glitter — vocals
- Martin Jenkins — additional guitars, drum programming, backing vocals
- Bill Leisgang — guitars and dobro
- Andy Duncan — drum programming
- G. Miller — drum programming, keyboard bass
- J. Read — bass
- Laurence Cottle — bass
- Don Airey — keyboards
- The Kick Horns — brass
- Produced by Gary Glitter, Martin Jenkins, Kit Woolven and G. Miller
- Recorded at The Old Smithy, Somerset; The Stoneroom, London; The Greenhouse, London; Rooster, London; Parkgate, Sussex; and Unit 28, London.
- Mixed at Machmain Studio, London.
- "Glitter plans album comeback". BBC. 2001-10-15.