Friday 05 March 1999
Currently at the top of his career, having collected three Brit Awards last month, Robbie Williams completed his UK tour this week
A blueprint for a pop star
You couldn't make it up
From prefab into rehab
In a minute.
Out, seemingly in seconds
And back into the fray
The Growing Up In Public sketch
Not in it
Despite the rabid headlines
The boy-band albatross
And ligging with Oasis
All the rest
Comparisons with sportsmen...
He came out in the wash
As not exactly Gazza
More George Best
Adonis with a beer-gut
You know he's at the top
When women are discussing him
And "Robbie Williams Poster"
For ailing magazines
Becomes the only option
The one that really did it
The single biggest shock
Was when the critics found
That he could sing
"Pop Artist Found With Talent"
No journalistic nous
Can ever brace you for
That kind of thing
From space cadet at Glasto
Through jousting with Tom Jones
To platinum-selling songs
Penned on a bus
The odds were stacked against it
He's twenty-five years old
So is he not a pop star then?
Artists unveils new exhibition inspired by Hastings beachart
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Apple has installed security backdoors on 600m iPhones and iPads, claims security researcher
- 2 Fight Club 2: Chuck Palahniuk sequel is a 'meta-fictional comment on the cultural response to the original'
- 3 Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Pro-Russian rebel 'admits to shooting down plane'
- 4 Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic?
- 5 Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda
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Star Wars 7: Plot details 'leak', with sequel's opening sequence and premise revealed
Original Rick Astley 'rickrolling' video removed from YouTube
Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash: 'Nine Britons, 23 Americans and 80 children' feared dead after Boeing passenger jet is 'shot down' near Ukraine-Russia border
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: victims’ bodies bundled in black bags and loaded onto trains