It was 1997, and I was working in a sports shop, I had heard of Robbie Williams obviously but never paid much attention to him, he split from Take That and to be honest, I didn't care. A friend of mine who worked in the same shop, brought in this album to put on the shops sound system, the album was Life Thru A Lens, I listened to that album all day and my friend just kept putting it on, I was in awe to be honest, his honesty and love that he obviously put into this album made me decide to buy the album. 8 years on and I am probably one of the biggest Robbie fans going, I own all the albums, all the singles and all the promo singles. I went to Paris to see him (but it was cancelled cos he had a sore throat, i was gutted!) finally i got to see him in Manchester and i was right next to the stage, it was awesome.
After reading books about him, you see that there are two sides to Rob/Robbie, Rob is the everyday bloke who we see in the papers drinking coffee and walking his dogs and then there is his alter ego Robbie, this is the one we see on TV, On Stage and this is the one that most people love!
I like both to be honest. People say he is arrogant and big headed, and to my mind and think he has every right to be...he left Take That and everyone said he would come to nothing. He has suffered from the hell of Tabloid slayings, Drug Abuse, Alcohol Abuse and depression and he has come out the other side - this in itself is remarkable, not to mention he sells millions of albums and his tickets for the 2006 Intensive Care concerts sold out faster than any other artist in history.
You may like or loathe Robbie, but one thing is for sure you cannot disagree with the fact that "The Boy Done Good"!