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From NME.COM

A reference to a Gary Glitter hit will be removed from this year's GCSE music coursework paper.

As previously reported, one of Glitter's tracks had been included on the music GCSE exam paper as related listening.

The government stated it was "totally unacceptable" to include the song on the paper and now exam board AQA will recall the paper and issue a new one without any references to Glitter's 1973 Number One hit ' 'I'm The Leader Of The Gang (I Am!)'.

A spokeswoman for the AQAtold BBC News: "We regret any offence that has been caused by its inclusion, and we will be contacting our centres and recalling the paper."

Dr John Dunford, general secretary of the Association Of School And College Leaders, added: "Schools registered with this examination board depend on the board to choose appropriate texts, and will have been dismayed at the choice of a Gary Glitter song. No teacher should be in the position of having to discuss this man's work with the young people in their class, and all teachers will have rejected the idea of using this material."

He concluded: "I welcome the withdrawal of this song, which should never have been included in the first place."

Glitter was convicted of molesting young girls in Vietnam, and served close to three years in prison there before returning to Britain.

He is on the sex offenders' register.

Hmm, I did Standard Grade music and I don't really remember any references to 3rd rate glam rockers, how times change.

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Hmm, I did Standard Grade music and I don't really remember any references to 3rd rate glam rockers, how times change.

I'm pretty sure I had a Queen tune in my Advanced Higher. Maybe. Funny some of the stuff they include.

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My Higher Music section was on The Kooks and Musicals.

was The Kooks in the bit about 'standard cadences/chord progressions?'

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Hmm, I did Standard Grade music and I don't really remember any references to 3rd rate glam rockers, how times change.

Leaving aside the fact that he's a kiddie fiddler for a second, surely as glam rockers go he wasn't third rate? If anything he was one of the better ones. Rock and Roll Part 2 is an all time classic, or at least it was when you were still allowed to listen to it.

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Leaving aside the fact that he's a kiddie fiddler for a second, surely as glam rockers go he wasn't third rate? If anything he was one of the better ones. Rock and Roll Part 2 is an all time classic, or at least it was when you were still allowed to listen to it.

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is it really in bad taste to use an artist's music in a school exam, just because 20 years later he was found guilty of paedophilia? it's not like he's singing about raping kids or something. i bet they'd let michael jackson stay in, the only difference between them is that instead of paying for sex with underage girls in vietnam, wacko fucks little boys who weren't even offering their orifaces for cash and then pays their parents off instead. OK, maybe that's not the ONLY difference...

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Things like this just make the Brass Eye Paedophile-disguised-as-a-school episode all the more relevant and amusing.

Ha, yes next they'll be blasting Glitter into space, only to discover a small boy was on board by mistake ("This is exactly what we didn't want to happen.")

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Does this mean that it's now bad form to listen to 'Hello' by Oasis or 'Doctorin' The Tardis' by The Timelords, i.e. The KLF and so rendering them guilty by association and also on the banned list?

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