CeeLo Green has made an unusual announcement regarding his new album in an issue of Q magazine: it is influenced by the music of Gary Glitter.
In the interview, Green claimed that he was “aware of the crimes (Glitter) committed”, but appreciated his “musical contribution”, calling Glitter’s music “sing-a-long and raunchy rock ‘n’ roll”.
Beyond this strange and controversial influence, Green has also stated that his new album is influenced by English new-wave acts such as Duran Duran and The Human League. He claims that he took the sounds of these bands and applied it to urban music, to make it “current again”. Glitter, of course, has had his music overshadowed by his crimes, which include possession of child pornography and child sex offences.
CeeLo is no stranger to controversy, having come under fire for changing the lyrics to the John Lennon classic ‘Imagine’ from “no religion too” to “all religion true” during in a New Year’s Eve performance in 2011. The album, titled Girl Power, is set for release later in the year.