Robbie Williams: Netflix documentary trailer
Robbie Williams fans have taken to social media to defend the singer’s song Rudebox, which the former Take That star described in his new Netflix docu-series as his biggest career regret.
The four-part series landed on the streaming giant on Wednesday and in it, Robbie discusses his 2006 single Rudebox as he watches footage of himself performing it to fans.
“My biggest regret is putting that out as the first single [from the album],” he told DIY in advance of the documentary release.
“In the documentary, the biggest cringe point for me is explaining to an audience who are about to listen to ‘Rudebox’ for the first time that this is gonna be the biggest single since ‘Angels’.
“Then I had another thought about it, that it’s my second most important single because ‘Angels’ gave me the career and ‘Rudebox’ heralded the end of my imperial phase. So in a way I was right, but not in the way I wanted to be.”
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Critics panned Rudebox and it sold only 500,000 copies in Britain even though it topped the charts. However, fans are rediscovering it thanks to the series and they are far kinder to the record in hindsight.
@FayeMcBlack admitted: “Confession after watching #RobbieWilliams #Netflix documentary, I think Rudebox is actually a bit of a banger.”
@LisaJazz also shared her love for the record writing: “Rude Box is one of my favourite songs. Still listen to it regularly.” (sic)
@Obla_da_obla_di said: “I wasn’t keen originally but it suddenly clicked for me as it played over the end credits.”
@GAYL0RDRAVENAL chimed in: “Watching the Robbie Williams documentary on Netflix and he’s talking about his Rudebox album. I love that one, Robbie!”
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Meanwhile @emmajxrvis lamented: “Nah episode 3 of this Robbie Williams documentary is breaking my heart intensive care and rudebox are always my fav eras.” (sic)
However, a user calling themselves @rcremebrulee agreed with Robbie’s analysis saying: “The unfortunate thing is that there were some good songs on the Rudebox album but leading with the album’s title track was an utter misfire that really cost Robbie Williams. #RobbieWilliams.” (sic)
The £80 million album reached number one in the UK and thirteen other countries, but sales were way below what record company EMI expected and the singles released from the album also failed to gain any great chart success.
Robbie Williams is streaming on Netflix now.
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