Gary Glitter

I'm the Leader of the Gang (I Am!)

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"Rock'n'Roll" might be harder, "I Love You Love Me Love" might be wordier, and "Do You Wanna Touch Me" might be raunchier. But if any single record sums up everything Gary Glitter ever represented -- to his fans, to history, to British culture in general -- this is it. From the opening roar of a souped-up Harley Davidson, through the eternal backing chant of "come on come on come on," through a lyric which is so economic as to be positively stingy, and onto a false ending which is almost heart-stopping in its abruptness, "Leader of the Gang" is air-punching, foot-pounding, hip-swinging extravagance, an absolutely contagious stomper which ranks among the most instantly recognizable -- and triumphant (for who could not have wanted to be in the gang?) -- records ever made. And if the single -- Glitter's first U.K. number one during summer 1973 -- is a revelation, in concert the song rose to even greater heights, with the audience beginning to chant its refrain long before the Leader himself took the stage, and still bellowing it long after he'd left again.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Glitter 1973 Air Mail Music 3:28
No Image 1975 CLC 0004 3:26
No Image 1980
Rock 'n' Roll: The Best of Gary Glitter 1990 Rhino 3:31
Back Again: The Very Best 1991 Pickwick 3:29
No Image 1994
Various Artists
Castle Music Ltd.
Stardust: Glam, Vol. 1 1994
Various Artists
Stardust Records 3:28
Ultimate Party Album 1994
Various Artists
Glam Years 1995 Laurence Myers 3:29
Cold Feet [Global] 1999
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande 3:27
Greatest Hits of the 70's [Disky Box] 2000
Various Artists
Disky 3:29
Complete Collection 2001
Various Artists
Disky 3:29
The Best of Gary Glitter [Simply the Best] 2001 Disky 3:26
Box of Rock 2003
Various Artists
Import 3:30
Made in the 70's 2008
Various Artists
ZYX Music 3:27
Box of Rock [Disc 5]
Various Artists
Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd. 3:30