50 Great Things That Came Out Of The Midlands – 9. Robbie Williams

13 Feb

Why has Robbie Williams always been a bit of a square peg in a round hole in Take That? Because he’s from Stoke-on-Trent in the Midlands and the other four are all dyed-in-the-wool Northerners, of course. Mercurial, insecure, restless, a natural experimenter, Robbie is the interesting one, the one with charisma – the Take That Midlander. By comparison, the other band members (no offence, chaps) are a bit plodding, a bit meat-and-potatoes, a bit stereotypically Northern. Inevitably, it’s ‘Sir’ Gary Barlow – the really Northern one – who’s being groomed for the Establishment, but it’s Midlander Robbie who’s the national treasure. 


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