Take That, dear reader, are back in the limelight. Not to be outdone, Robbie Williams is back with his irrepressible personality in the form of a new single and a bizarre in drag appearance on You Tube.
Jason Donovan was once loved by the gays. They turned on him after the The Face fisco. Robbie might have worried we'd turn on him, as well, after suing a newspaper for suggesting he sucked off a bloke in Manchester. Don't worry, Rob, you're not Jason and history isn't about to repeat itself.
We fell out of love with Jason because he thought his sexuality (and affair with Philip Schofield) was a big deal. Robbie's never thought it important. It's refreshing.
What's also refreshing is his new album, Rudebox. Although some claim the songs are hit or miss, a stand out track is She's Madonna, the new single. When I first saw his drag video, I hoped it would be just a teaser of what was to come to accompany the single. I wasn't disappointed. You can view it here, hen.
It's undoubtedly the best track on the album. He not only manages to quote Madonna's song titles and lyrics, but parodies them. And with lines like We're having drinks with Kate and Stella, Gwyneth's here, she's brought her fella and She's got to be obscene to be believed - Robbie certainly has a hit on his hands.
But why a song about Madonna?
Robbie used to date Tania Strecker. Before dating Robbie, Tania was seeing Guy Ritchie. He broke up with her on meeting Our Glorious Leader. Why? Your guess is as good as mine, dear reader, but, apparently, Tania told Robbie that Guy's parting words to her were, "Look, you know I really love you, but she's Madonna."
Oh, and can you hear Neil Tennant doing back-up? And can you hear Pet Shop Boys influence in the production? That'll be because they produced it (along with another track on the album, We're The Pet Shop Boys). Isn't it fabulous? Pet Shop Boys, Madonna and Robbie Williams, all rolled into one. Any gay man's (wet) dream.
PS/Saturday 20th January 2007 09:18
EMI demanded You Tube take down the video I'd originally linked. I've found another, here, but be quick, as EMI are bound to ask the same. If they do, just do a search on You Tube. Someone else will have surely uploaded it. I can't understand EMI. Do they not want publicity for Rob?