Americans know this song from Joan Jett's 1982 cover, which comes off as sensuously assertive. But the song was co-written and recorded in 1973 by Gary Glitter, who decades later was exposed as a craven sexual predator. The song finds Glitter trying every trick to get a girl to give up the goods. When he sings, "Do you wanna touch me there? Yeah!," it's pretty obvious what he's talking about.
1973 was the pinnacle of Glitter's form of glam rock, where any lyrics (his first hit, "Rock And Roll Part 2
," is essentially a chant) were overwhelmed by the musical and visual bombast - his outrageous outfits and theatrical stage shows proved an effective distraction. Without these accoutrements, the Glitter version is rather creepy, especially in light of his crimes.