Supreme (song)

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"Supreme"
Robbie williams-supreme s 1.jpg
Single by Robbie Williams
from the album Sing When You're Winning
Released 11 December 2000
Format
Recorded 2000
Genre Pop
Length 4:15
Label Chrysalis
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Guy Chambers
Robbie Williams singles chronology
"Kids"
(2000)
"Supreme"
(2000)
"United"
(2000)

"Kids"
(2000)
"Supreme"
(2000)
"United"
(2000)
Music video
"Supreme" on YouTube

"Supreme" is a song recorded by English singer Robbie Williams for his third studio album Sing When You're Winning. It was released as the third single from the album on 11 December 2000, by Chrysalis Records.

Composition[edit]

The song contains an interpolation of Gloria Gaynor's "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 was re-recorded in a swing tone, and titled "Swing Supreme" for his 2013 album Swings Both Ways.

Music video[edit]

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 (for instance in the 1970 feature racing movie Le Mans), 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.

Chart performance[edit]

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.[1]

Track listing[edit]

UK CD1

  1. "Supreme" – 4:15
  2. "Don't Do Love" – 4:56
  3. "Come Take Me Over" – 4:13

UK CD2

  1. "Supreme" – 4:15
  2. "United" – 5:56
  3. "Supreme" (recorded live at the Manchester Arena) – 4:18
  4. "Supreme" (filmed live at the Manchester Arena) – 4:08

Charts and certifications[edit]

Samples and cover versions[edit]

The McFly song "I Need a Woman" from 2010's Above the Noise album samples the riff from "Supreme". The Turkish band Dolapdere Big Gang does a version on their 2010 album Art-Ist.

In popular culture[edit]

The song is the title theme for the Polish TV drama series Londyńczycy (Polish for The Londoners) aired on TVP 1 since late 2008.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Disque En France - Gold". Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. 
  2. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Robbie Williams – Supreme". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  3. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Robbie Williams – Supreme" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  4. ^ "Ultratop.be – Robbie Williams – Supreme" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – Robbie Williams – Supreme" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  6. ^ "ROBBIE WILLIAMS". artisteschartsventes.blogspot.fr. 
  7. ^ "Robbie Williams: Supreme" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 2014-02-26.
  8. ^ "Lescharts.com – Robbie Williams – Supreme" (in French). Les classement single.
  9. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Robbie Williams – Supreme". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  10. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Supreme". Irish Singles Chart.
  11. ^ Hung, Steffen. "italiancharts.com - Robbie Williams - Supreme". italiancharts.com. 
  12. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 4, 2001" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40
  13. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Robbie Williams – Supreme" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  14. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Robbie Williams – Supreme". Top 40 Singles.
  15. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Robbie Williams – Supreme". VG-lista.
  16. ^ "Nielsen Music Control". Archived from the original on 2007-10-17. 
  17. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  18. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Robbie Williams – Supreme". Singles Top 100.
  19. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Robbie Williams – Supreme". Swiss Singles Chart.
  20. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  21. ^ "End of Year Charts 2001". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved December 11, 2017. 
  22. ^ "British single certifications – Robbie Williams – Supreme". British Phonographic Industry.  Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Enter Supreme in the search field and then press Enter.

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