|Single by Robbie Williams|
|from the album Sing When You're Winning|
|Released||11 December 2000|
|Format||CD single, Cassette|
|Robbie Williams singles chronology|
"Supreme" is a song by Robbie Williams released in 2000 as the third single from his album Sing When You're Winning, and contains an interpolation of Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" because, according to Williams, he was in a trip in Switzerland and when it was approaching the new millennium, the tourists, although none speak the same language, were all humming the string solo of "I Will Survive".
The string instrument part is a François de Roubaix-composed piece from the José Giovanni-directed film Dernier domicile connu starring Lino Ventura and Marlène Jobert. The song is the title theme for the Polish TV drama series Londyńczycy (Polish for The Londoners) aired on TVP 1 since late 2008.
The song was re-recorded in a swing tone, and titled "Swing Supreme" for his 2013 album Swings Both Ways.
The "Supreme" video, titled "Gentlemen racers" as seen in its opening credits, is a tribute to British Formula One driver Jackie Stewart. Williams portrays the fictitious character Bob Williams, a rival driver competing for the 1970s F1 World Championship. Williams eventually crashes his car, but makes a surprise recovery. But ultimately loses the title when he gets diarrhea before a race and is unable to appear at the starting grid due to getting locked into his caravan when the manager thought there was no one in the caravan. An epilogue reveals that Bob Williams went on to become a celebrated blues guitarist while Jackie Stewart won the championship.
The video includes stock footage of Stewart with Williams digitally inserted in many scenes, creating the near-perfect illusion of a neck-and-neck pursuit of the championship title. The video makes extensive use of the split-screen technique as it is often seen in movies from the 1960s and 70s, and the scenes with Robbie Williams were given a yellowed, grainy image texture in the digital editing process to match the faded look of the original 35mm celluloid footage with Jackie Stewart. As yet another movie cliché, fake newspaper headlines are shown intermittently to help narrate the story.
The song became another massive success for Williams. It managed to make the top ten in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Austria, New Zealand and other countries. The song was also recorded in French and released in France, peaking at number-twelve and spending thirty-four weeks inside the French charts being certified Gold by the SNEP.
- "Supreme" – 4:15
- "Don't Do Love" – 4:56
- "Come Take Me Over" – 4:13
- "Supreme" – 4:15
- "United" – 5:56
- "Supreme" (recorded live at the Manchester Arena) – 4:18
- "Supreme" (filmed live at the Manchester Arena) – 4:08
Charts and certifications
Certifications and sales
- Disque En France - Gold
- "Austriancharts.at – Robbie Williams – Supreme" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
- "Ultratop.be – Robbie Williams – Supreme" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
- "Ultratop.be – Robbie Williams – Supreme" (in French). Ultratop 50.
- "Robbie Williams: Supreme" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 2014-02-26.
- "Lescharts.com – Robbie Williams – Supreme" (in French). Les classement single.
- "Officialcharts.de – Robbie Williams – Supreme". GfK Entertainment.
- "Chart Track: Week 44, 2000". Irish Singles Chart.
- "Nederlandse Top 40 – Robbie Williams search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
- "Charts.org.nz – Robbie Williams – Supreme". Top 40 Singles.
- "Swedishcharts.com – Robbie Williams – Supreme". Singles Top 60.
- "Swisscharts.com – Robbie Williams – Supreme". Swiss Singles Chart.
- "December 2000/ Archive Chart: 23 December 2000" UK Singles Chart.