Robbie Williams stormed to the top of the UK singles chart (again) 20 years ago with his track Rock DJ.
With its catchy, sing-song lyrics, cool Barry White sample and fist-pumping chorus it was Robbie at the peak of his solo powers and is still considered a classic two decades on.
According to the video’ s director Vaughan Arnell the singer is planning on marking the occasion with a revamped version of the video.
He told Metro. co. uk: ‘ Rob’ s got an idea actually about him coming back to remake it. It’ s quite funny.
‘ I can’ t tell you what it is but there’ s talk about reshooting it in the really funny way. ’
The Rock and roll DJ video, which took five days to shoot, caused controversy when it was released in July 2000.
It sees Robbie strip naked before peeling away his skin and removing his own organs, throwing them at a group of roller skating women to get their attention.
The video was never played in full on music stations such as MTV with fans having to head to the star’ s website to see it all.
It also made the news for being banned in the Dominican Republic for ‘ Satanism’, and Vaughan shares that they were ‘ wanted in Papua New Guinea for cannibalism’.
Robbie sports black underwear with a tiger’ s head on the front at one point which Vaughan said was his idea but the garment was ‘ definitely Rob’ s’.
On the inspiration behind the iconic pants, the director revealed: ‘ Do you remember in the old days there was an advert, I think this was for Esso, and it said, “ Put a tiger in your tank”?. They used to do a little tiger tail and that’ s where I got the idea from, to put a tiger in Robbie’ s tank basically. ’
Vaughan managed to take home a souvenir from the shoot, albeit not a welcome one: ‘ I took a bad back home! Basically in order to film it we were on the golf trolley. We had the particular camera on the back of it and then we were going around on a golf trolley. So just going round and round all day, you’ re just like leaning over like that.
‘ I should have taken something though, I’ ve never stolen from my videos. ’
He adds that there was nothing that didn’ t make this into the final cut, except ‘ about five hours associated with girls on their knees crawling around as they learned how to roller skate. ’
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‘ All the girls came out to go round like in the big thing and every f*****g one of them fell over and they couldn’ t skate, ’ Vaughan said.
‘ Talk about murder on the particular dance floor. ’
The director, who also shot Dead Or Alive classic You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) and James Blunt’ t emotional video for Monsters, shared why people are still talking about Rock DJ after all this time.
‘ Honestly I think the art of any great track or piece of work is to make it timeless, ’ he went on, ‘ and I think with Robbie he’ s just so classic.
‘ Even when you listen in order to Angels now I think it still works. Let Me Entertain You, I think they work because they’ re timeless.
‘ When I was making the video I was trying to cut the video like it’ s i9000 a suit, I think I’ m a tailor. So I was trying to cut my suit to make it function to the video.
‘ Rob’ s the king of entertainment. Whatever you do wherever you are in the world whatever you’ lso are doing, he’ ll always entertain. ’
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