Supreme (song)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

"Supreme"
Robbie williams-supreme s 1.jpg
Single by Robbie Williams
from the album Sing When You're Winning
Released11 December 2000
Recorded2000
GenrePop rock
Length4:15
LabelChrysalis
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Guy Chambers
Robbie Williams singles chronology
"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. Commercially, the single reached number four on the UK Singles Chart, topped the charts in Hungary and Poland, and peaked within the top 10 in six additional European countries and New Zealand.

Composition[edit]

The bridge of 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.

Chart performance[edit]

The song became another success for Williams, making the top ten in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Austria, New Zealand, and several other countries. Williams also recorded a French version of the song that was released in France, peaking at number 12 and spending 34 weeks on the French chart, being certified Gold by the SNEP.[1]

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, makes a surprise recovery, and ultimately loses the title when he gets diarrhea before a race and is unable to line up on 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.

Track listings[edit]

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 recorded a version for their 2010 album Art-Ist. Max Raabe and the Palast Orchester made a cover in their 2001 album Superhits.

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. ^ "Disque En France – Gold". Archived from the original on 30 September 2007.
  2. ^ Supreme (UK CD single liner notes). Robbie Williams. Chrysalis Records. 2000. CDCHS5120, 7243 889781 2 5.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  3. ^ Supreme (UK enhanced CD single liner notes). Robbie Williams. Chrysalis Records. 2000. CDCHSS 5120, 7243 889781 0 1.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  4. ^ Supreme (Australasian CD single liner notes). Robbie Williams. Chrysalis Records, EMI Records. 2000. 8897842, 7243 8 89784 2 2.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  5. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Robbie Williams – Supreme". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  6. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Robbie Williams – Supreme" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  7. ^ "Ultratop.be – Robbie Williams – Supreme" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Robbie Williams – Supreme" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  9. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 18 no. 5. 27 January 2001. p. 34. Retrieved 9 February 2020.
  10. ^ "Robbie Williams: Supreme" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  11. ^ "Lescharts.com – Robbie Williams – Supreme" (in French). Les classement single.
  12. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Robbie Williams – Supreme" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts.
  13. ^ "Mahasz Top 20 Rádiós Slágerlista" (in Hungarian). Mahasz. Archived from the original on 8 April 2001. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  14. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Supreme". Irish Singles Chart.
  15. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Robbie Williams – Supreme". Top Digital Download. Retrieved 2 January 2021.
  16. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 4, 2001" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40
  17. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Robbie Williams – Supreme" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  18. ^ "Charts.nz – Robbie Williams – Supreme". Top 40 Singles.
  19. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Robbie Williams – Supreme". VG-lista.
  20. ^ "Nielsen Music Control". Archived from the original on 17 October 2007.
  21. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  22. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Robbie Williams – Supreme". Singles Top 100.
  23. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Robbie Williams – Supreme". Swiss Singles Chart.
  24. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  25. ^ "ARIA Top 100 Singles for 2001". ARIA. Retrieved 2 January 2021.
  26. ^ "Jahreshitparade Singles 2001". austriancharts.at (in German). Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  27. ^ "Rapports Annuels 2001" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  28. ^ "Year in Focus – Eurochart Hot 100 Singles 2001" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 18 no. 52. 22 December 2001. p. 14. Retrieved 9 February 2020.
  29. ^ "Tops de L'année | Top Singles 2000" (in French). SNEP. Retrieved 2 January 2021.
  30. ^ "Top 100 Single–Jahrescharts 2001" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Archived from the original on 4 August 2018. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  31. ^ "Top 100–Jaaroverzicht van 2001". Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  32. ^ "End of Year Charts 2001". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 9 February 2020.
  33. ^ "Schweizer Jahreshitparade 2001". hitparade.ch (in German). Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  34. ^ "French single certifications – Robbie Williams – Supreme" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique.
  35. ^ "British single certifications – Robbie Williams – Supreme". British Phonographic Industry.

External links[edit]