Robbie Williams - I've Been Expecting You
NME.COM feature on Robbie Williams - I've Been Expecting You album including album review, artwork, tracks, listen now, tour dates, discography and more.
Release date: 28 August 2006
In the final battle between Good and Evil, when 'cool' and 'alternative' music takes on 'plastic' pop made by major-label 'puppets', where will Robbie Williams stand? ...
IN THE FINAL BATTLE BETWEEN Good and Evil, when 'cool' and 'alternative' music takes on 'plastic' pop made by major-label 'puppets', where will Robbie Williams stand? And what about you ? Will you line up with the likes of UNKLE's James Lavelle, who branded NME 'scum' for putting Robbie on the cover instead of an impeccably...
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|Jun 18, 2013 00:00||Robbie Williams||Etihad Stadium||Manchester|
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|Jun 25, 2013 00:00||Robbie Williams||Hampden Park National Stadium||Glasgow||
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Robbie Williams - I've Been Expecting You: Wikipedia Album Entry
I've Been Expecting You is the second album by Robbie Williams. The most successful singles from it were "Millennium" and "She's the One". The album was one of the best selling albums in the UK from 1998–1999 and to date has sold over 2.5 million in the UK alone making it Williams best selling UK album. It sold a total of 5 million copies in Europe, as confirmed by the IFPI. I've Been Expecting You was ranked 91st in a 2005 survey held by British television's Channel 4 to determine the 100 greatest albums of all time. Williams and Chambers started the writing process of the album in Jamaica in the spring of 1998.
The album has been certified 10x Platinum in the UK.
I've Been Expecting You was released in October 1998. It debuted at no.1 on the UK Albums Chart and went on to become the UK's best selling album for that year. According to the BPI, the album has sold 2,563,106 copies in the UK as of June 2009, and has been certified 10x Platinum for shipments of 3 million copies. It is Williams' best selling album in the country and the 38th best selling album in UK music history.
The album also received attention outside the United Kingdom, particularly in continental Europe and Latin America, and has sold a total of around 5 million copies worldwide.
The first single, "Millennium", was inspired by John Barry's music from the James Bond films. It became Williams' first solo number-one single in the United Kingdom when it was released in September 1998, coincidentally knocking All Saints from the top spot. Williams commented that "Someone had to be knocked off and it may as well be the wife" as Williams and Appleton were engaged at the time. The song went on to sell over 400,000 copies in the UK being certified Gold by the BPI in November 1998. The song also became a top twenty hit in many European countries as well as in Latin America and Australia.
The second single was "No Regrets" is a collaboration with Pet Shop Boys' singer Neil Tennant and The Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon. It was released in November 1998, reaching number-four in the UK Singles Chart, backed with the cover of Adam and the Ants 1981 hit "Antmusic". The song became a substantial hit around the world and went on to sell over 200,000 copies in the United Kingdom where it was certified Silver in October 2004, almost six years after its original release.
The third single from the album, "Strong" was written in a hotel in Cologne, Germany, inspired by some of Williams' more manic admirers whom he admitted "scared the living daylights" out of him. The song debuted at number-four in the United Kingdom and number-nine in New Zealand. The track became a hit peaking within the top forty around Europe and many other countries around the world.
The fourth single, "She's the One", was a cover of the Karl Wallinger track from his album Egyptology, and was a favourite song of Williams' after his time in rehab. Becoming his second number-one hit in the United Kingdom, the song went on to win a number of awards around the world, including a BRIT Award for 'Single of the Year' and a Capital Radio Award for 'Best Single'. The single was released as a double a-side with "It's Only Us", the official theme for Sony's Playstation FIFA 2000. The single sold over 400,000 copies in the UK alone and was certified Gold by the BPI in early 2000. Williams finished the year with an extensive European Tour in the autumn of 1999.
In 1998, Robbie Williams was sued by Ludlow Publishing over the song "Jesus in a Camper Van" because it lifted lyrics from the Loudon Wainwright III song "I am the Way" (from his album Attempted Mustache). The lyric to "I Am the Way" is as follows:
Every son of God has a little hard luck sometime, especially when he goes around saying he's the way.
The lyric to "Jesus in a Camper Van" is:
Even the son of God gets it hard sometimes, especially when he goes around saying, "I am the way."
Williams claimed that he heard a young man say the line while in rehab and only found that it was a line from Wainwright's song after he had already recorded "Jesus in a Camper Van". Williams' agents called Wainwright to notify him about this, but Wainwright had little say in the matter; "I Am the Way" was a parody of the Woody Guthrie song "New York Town"; Ludlow Publishing owned the line's copyright.
In 2002, Ludlow Publishing won the lawsuit, receiving 25% of the income that "Jesus in a Camper Van" garnered; the album was re-issued replacing "Jesus in a Camper Van" with "It's Only Us".
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Tell me a story
Where we all change
And we'd live our lives together
And not estranged
I've been hanging around
Just in case you fall in love with me
I know you have doubts
I hear when you shout 'cause I understand you see
Stand your ground, you're big enough
Stand your ground, you know too much
Today drifts into tomorrow
And you could almost taste the sorrow
She lies on the bed with her hands in her head
And she screams
He gets a kick out of losing the plot
So it seems
Sitting in the cheap seats underneath the stars
I'm heading back to base, I'll drop you off at Mars
I'm sure I know your face, or what star you're from
I try to make conversation but I'm too far gone
You've been naughty, very very naughty
Are you cut up?
Or do you easily forget? Are you still around?
Know no fear, I'll still be here tomorrow
Bend my ear, I'm not gonna go away
You are love so why do you shed a tear
Know no fear, you will see heaven from here
Ooh, we've got a live one, featherweight icon
Heroes let him down so he sleeps with the light on
And there's nothin' left to do but kneel down and pray
Sometimes I feel like I am sailing on a sunken dream
I try to read the signs but don't know what they mean
I know when I'm with you I'm a rich man, baby
We didn't think it'd last beyond summer
I met her father she met my mother
We didn't have anywhere else to go
Silence shields the pain, so you say nothing
Feel they've rigged the game and you're done with lovin'
Only you can see the darkness in the northern lights
My breath smells of a thousand fags
And when I'm drunk I dance like me dad
I've started to dress a bit like him
We've got stars directing our fate
And we're prayin' it's not too late