And Finally

Williams’ pop legacy just below Westlife’s?

By | Published on Monday 19 November 2012

Robbie Williams

Robbie Williams, in one of his self-deprecating moods, reckons that his career won’t leave much of a legacy to British pop, rating himself somewhere between Steps and Westlife. Which is surely a moment of unnecessary modesty on Williams’ part; whatever you think of his solo recordings, he’s surely given the world a whole lot more, musically speaking, than Westlife.

These comments, according to The Sun, come from a new Sky documentary in which the pop star chats to James Corden. He apparently muses: “I think I stand somewhere just above Steps and slightly below Westlife. Not far away from there. I think that a lot of people don’t like my brand of whatever I do”.

He continues: “I have a gigantic ego and need to be at the top of the pile and be doing amazingly well. Also, at the same time, I’m just pleased to be anywhere. Do I think I’m a national treasure? I don’t see why not. I don’t see why I shouldn’t be. I’m a good lad really”.

Asked about the Take That reformation before his decision to rejoin the group on one of their reunion tours, he adds: “When the boys first got [back] together, I was pretty much, ‘Oh, right, okay’. Then it was, ‘They’ve sold 275,000 tickets… they’ve done what?!’ I was gobsmacked. Gobsmacked in all manner of everything. Sort of, ‘Wow, we meant that much to people, that’s great. They mean that much to people? Shit!’ I think it was confusion more than anything. [I was] pleased for the boys, you know, but not too pleased that I wanted them to take over the joint. It was like, you know, they can have a certain level, just don’t smash the living daylights out of it, like they did!”