Bodies (Robbie Williams song)

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"Bodies"
Single by Robbie Williams
from the album Reality Killed the Video Star
Released 12 October 2009
Format
Recorded 2008–09
London, United Kingdom
Genre
Length 4:03 (album version)
4:14 (music video)
Label EMI
Writer(s)
  • Robbie Williams
  • Brandon Christy
  • Craig Russo
Producer(s) Trevor Horn
Robbie Williams singles chronology
"Close My Eyes"
(2009)
"Bodies"
(2009)
"You Know Me"
(2009)

"Bodies" is a song by English recording artist Robbie Williams. It was released on 12 October 2009 by EMI as the lead single from his eighth studio album Reality Killed the Video Star (2009). It received its premiere on The Chris Moyles Show on BBC Radio 1 after an interview with Williams on 4 September 2009 at 8am.[1] It is Williams' first single release as a solo artist since "She's Madonna" in March 2007.[2]

"Bodies" entered and peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart, selling 89,000 copies in its first week and attaining his best first-week sales since "Rock DJ" in August 2000.[3] Williams was beaten to number 1 by Alexandra Burke, whose single "Bad Boys" (featuring rapper Flo Rida) was released on the same day and sold 187,000 in the same week.[4] The cover art was photographed by Julian Broad.

Track listing[edit]

International CD single
  1. "Bodies" — 4:04
  2. "Bodies" (Body Double Remix) — 6:14
Digital EP
  1. "Bodies" — 4:04
  2. "Bodies" (Body Double Remix) — 6:14
  3. "Bodies" (Fred Falke Remix) — 6:53
  4. "Bodies" (Cahill Refix Edit) — 3:50

Lyrics[edit]

The song's cryptic lyrics, with a wide variety of religious references included, have been subject to a lot of speculation. In an October 2010 interview with Q magazine, Williams referred to the lyrics as "fucking gibberish" that he considered pointless. He also stated that "Who knows what I was going on about? I was fucking stoned."[5]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Bodies" was filmed in the Mojave Desert, directed by Williams' frequent collaborator Vaughan Arnell and features Williams' then girlfriend, and eventual wife (m. 2010), Ayda Field. It had its official premiere on 9 September 2009.

Critical reception[edit]

Popjustice called the song "[It's] a confident, dignified comeback single with a big chorus" commenting that the song is "better than: 'Let Me Entertain You' , as good as: 'Rock DJ', not as good as: 'Feel'." and adding that: "'Bodies' is not a comeback single that takes many chances – it is, career wise, Robbie's most important single since 'Angels' and there's obviously a certain amount of brand rebuilding needed. But nor is it a comeback single that attempts to pretend the last three years haven't happened. [...] 'Bodies' sounds like Robbie and Trevor Horn bringing out the best in each other – in this case 'the best' equalling a big comeback single from Britain's best male popstar."[6]

Digital Spy gave the single four stars (out of five) and said that: "With an Ian Brown-esque funky strut, some monkish chanting and plenty of electro squelches, he hasn't completely ditched the not-so-successful experimentation of his last LP, but this time around he counterbalances it with a whopping great chorus that will have even Gary Barlow green with envy. [...] Packed full of his usual raised eyebrow cheekiness and with a barmy-but-bloody-massive bridge, we're still not entirely sure what the Robster's actually singing about. However, by the time he's launched into the choir-backed crescendo, on which he hollers like a hyperactive preacher, we're too sold to care. Welcome back Robbie - and don't leave it so long next time."[7]

At a Southend gig in September 2012, Robbie commented that "Bodies" and "Rudebox" were both "lame songs" and that he had "let himself down". However, after fans spoke up against his claims via YouTube comments, he added the song to the setlist for his 2013 Stadium tour "Take the Crown."

Charts[edit]

Chart procession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
"I Gotta Feeling" by The Black Eyed Peas
Italian Singles Chart number-one single
21 October 2009 – 28 October 2009
Succeeded by
"Ti vorrei sollevare" by Elisa
Preceded by
"Paparazzi" by Lady Gaga
"Pflaster" by Ich + Ich
German Singles Chart number-one single
23 October 2009 – 12 November 2009
20 November 2009 – 26 November 2009
Succeeded by
"Pflaster" by Ich + Ich
Preceded by
"Sexy Bitch" by David Guetta featuring Akon
Austrian Singles Chart number-one single
23 October 2009 – 26 November 2009
Succeeded by
"Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga
Preceded by
"Evacuate the Dancefloor" by Cascada
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
24 October 2009 – 21 November 2009
Succeeded by
"Stereo Love" by Edward Maya featuring Vika Jigulina
Preceded by
"I Gotta Feeling" by The Black Eyed Peas
Swiss Singles Chart number-one single
25 October 2009 – 28 November 2009
Succeeded by
"Monday Morning" by Melanie Fiona
Preceded by
"Sexy Bitch" by David Guetta featuring Akon
European Hot 100 Singles number-one single
31 October 2009 – 13 November 2009
Succeeded by
"Sexy Bitch" by David Guetta featuring Akon

Release history[edit]

Country Release date Format Label
United Kingdom 4 September 2009 Airplay
Australia 9 October 2009 CD single
Germany[47]
Austria
Switzerland
United Kingdom 11 October 2009 Digital download
  • Virgin Records
  • EMI
France[48] 12 October 2009 CD single
United Kingdom
Mexico[49] 13 October 2009 Digital download EMI

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