Robbie Williams writing songs with Blockheads

Chaz Jankel speaks after LA sessions with star

Robbie Williams is busy writing new material with

Blockheads star Chaz Jankel – and Ian Dury‘s old pal insists the singer is on “top form”.

Williams contacted Jankel, the co-writer of hits such

as ‘Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick’ and ‘Reasons To Be Cheerful Part 3’ with Dury, in a bid to boost his own hit-making potential.

Although it was announced recently that Williams was “on strike” from label EMI, he is a big fan of the new wave band – and became friendly with Dury just before his death in 2000 – so decided to invite Jankel to Los Angeles for a “some intensive writing sessions”.

“Working with Robbie is great – it’s extraordinary being part of this songwriting team,” Jankel told NME.COM from Los Angeles. “Kelvin and Danny of Sound 5 are bringing a very sharp yet witty contribution to the affair.”

Jankel added: “Robbie is on top form and the atmosphere is totally conducive to writing great music.”

The Blockheads, who are currently celebrating their

30th anniversary and are still touring (often with the

Blockhead megafan, comedian Phill Jupitus taking over vocals), are reassuring fans that they are not losing a member of

the band to Williams‘ clutches.

“We are thrilled for Chaz,” explained keyboardist Mickey

Gallagher, “This is something Robbie should have done a

long time ago!”

Williams is cagey about when his new work with Jankel will

be released, although the The Blockheads are set to release a new

anniversary album in April.

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