Do What U Like

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For other songs of similar name, see Do What You Like.
"Do What U Like"
Single by Take That
from the album Take That & Party
B-side "Waiting Around"
Released 12 July 1991
Format Cassette single, vinyl single
Recorded 1991
Genre Dance-pop, house
Length 3:06
Label Dance U.K.
Writer(s) Gary Barlow, Ray Hedges
Producer(s) Ray Hedges
Take That singles chronology
"Do What U Like"
(1991)
"Promises"
(1991)

"Do What U Like" is the debut single by English boy band Take That. It was released on 12 July 1991 as the lead single from their debut studio album, Take That & Party (1992).

Song information[edit]

Written by Gary Barlow and Ray Hedges, it was released on 15 July 1991 as the lead single from Take That's debut album Take That & Party (1992). The single was released on then-manager Nigel Martin-Smith's record label Dance U.K. and was a commercial failure, peaking at number 82 on the UK Singles Chart.[1] "Do What U Like" is also the only single not to be included on the band's second greatest hits compilation, Never Forget - The Ultimate Collection (2005).

In concert[edit]

During the band's early television appearances and outdoor shows, the song was a recurring number to play. They performed it during the "Everything Changes" tour with Mini-Take That, a preteen group that sang the material of the band.

For the "Nobody Else", and the subsequent "Ultimate Tour 2006" and "Beautiful World Tour 2007", the song was never played, because the band members felt that the high energy dance choreography was not possible for them to do. However, during Take That Present: The Circus Live, it was included in a medley of their earliest singles from Take That and Party with Jason and Howard performing the complicated moves and classic routines for "Promises", "It Only Takes a Minute" and "Take That and Party".

Music video[edit]

The low-budget music video for "Do What U Like", co-directed by former BBC Radio 1 DJ and The Old Grey Whistle Test presenter Rosemary "Ro" Barratt (née Newton) and MTV Europe director Angie Smith, was shot at Vector Television studios in Heaton Mersey on 21 June 1991.[2] Featuring the band getting naked, bare buttocks and smearing jelly over themselves, the video was banned from daytime television, and at the time was only shown on Pete Waterman's late night show The Hitman and Her. It regularly features on documentaries on "bad music videos" programmes. A VH1 survey placed the video at number 2 in its all-time worst video list, behind Cliff Richard's "Wired for Sound".

Reaction to the video (and, to an extent, the song) among the bandmates has been somewhat negative. In the documentary Take That: For the Record, Barlow admits that neither the song nor video were brilliant, but they were important in helping the band getting noticed. The video was also omitted from the 2005 video compilation Never Forget - The Ultimate Collection.

Track listings[edit]

Austrian CD single (CDDUK2)
  1. "Do What U Like" (Club Mix) - 6:14
  2. "Do What U Like" (Radio Mix) - 3:06
  3. "Waiting Around" - 2:56
UK 7" vinyl (DUK2)
  1. "Do What U Like" (Radio Mix) - 3:06
  2. "Waiting Around" - 2:56
UK cassette (CADUK2)
  1. "Do What U Like" (Radio Mix) - 3:06
  2. "Waiting Around" - 2:56
UK 12" vinyl (12DUK2)
  1. "Do What U Like" (Club Mix) - 6:14
  2. "Do What U Like" (Radio Mix) - 3:06
  3. "Waiting Around" - 2:56

Official versions[edit]

  • Album Version (3:06)
  • Radio Mix (3:06)
  • Club Mix (6:14)
  • 12" Mix (5:06)

Charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 82

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Discography". Take-That.co.uk. Retrieved 15 November 2007.
  2. ^ Screen Stockport TV: Take That Documentary Preview. Vimeo. 16 June 2011.