Long ago I used to think Robbie Williams was alright. Naturally Claire loved him, being of the age and all that. In those early solo days, as a podgy drunken twat he was quite endearing, a talentless little boy lost in a sea of sharks. A lot of those early tunes weren’t half bad probably because of the brill building song writing sensibility of Guy Chambers; ‘Better Days’, ‘Teenage Millionaire’, ‘I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind Of Thing’, ‘Coke And Tears’, they all had a certain charm . Listen without prejudice and you’ll hear what I mean.
Then the gooning monkey man went and fucked it up big time. Nothing puts me off more than a singer going all swing. Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, all those horrible standards, I hate the fucking lot of them! And as a result, Robbie Williams suddenly became Mr Showbiz, complete with ridiculous pikey tattoos and a gargantuan diva ego. Unfortunately, ever since a slightly sinister cynical pantomine thread seems to have run pretty much through everything he’s done; from his cynical alliance with Take That to the new solo songs with Gazza Barlow.
I’d love to think that the Robster really is that rare thing; a pop star with a genuine slice of humility. He certainly interviews like that, yet even to this day I’m not quite sure. He could just be the biggest con there’s ever been! Of course, Claire still loves him, there’s no danger of that love bubble bursting anytime soon.
01 Better Days / Single B Side April 1997
02 Teenage Millionaire / Single B Side June 1997
03 She Makes Me High / Single B Side June 1997
04 Cheap Love Song / Single B Side September 1997
05 I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind Of Thing / Single B Side March 1998
06 Deceiving Is Believing / Single B Side November 1998
07 Its Only Us / Single B Side November 1999
08 Coke And Tears / Single B Side November 1999
09 Often / Single B Side October 2000
10 Come Take Me Over / Single B Side December 2000
11 Toxic / Single B Side July 2001
12 One Fine Day / Single B Side April 2003
13 Coffee, Tea And Sympathy / Single B Side July 2003
14 Big Beef / Single B Side November 2003
15 Northern Town / Single B Side October 2004
16 The Postcard / Single B Side December 2004
17 Chemical Devotion / Single B Side December 2004
18 My Culture / With Maxi Jazz 1 Giant Leap March 2005
19 Bag Full Of Silly / Single B Side October 2005
20 Mess Me Up / Single B Side November 2006