Robbie Williams penned this song with the help of Garret "Jacknife" Lee. The Irish producer has worked with a variety of artists, including The Cars, U2, R.E.M., Snow Patrol, Bloc Party and Weezer. Lee described his experience working on Take the Crown: "When I got a phone call [saying] 'Do you want to meet Robbie Williams?' I thought 'F--k yeah!' said the producer. "I think any artist who is going to have longevity needs to try stuff. That's the bit of Rob that I'm attracted to... a fearlessness about being big, about connecting with people and he's one of those artists who it's very hard not to be a fan of. "
The song was released as the second single from Take The Crown. Said Robbie: "It's the great hope of the second single variety! A lot of effort went into this song, which is a very personal statement."
Jacknife Lee said of the track: "I think when Robbie gets a song right it's the vulnerability mixed with bravado that makes it so compelling."
The song's music video sees Williams portraying a gangster in a fictional 1948 movie titled The Criminal, while we also see him conducting the score of the same film.
"Pretty In Pink" by Psychedelic Furs was released in 1981. Five years later, it inspired a movie of the same name starring Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy and Jon Cryer. The song was remixed for the re-release to have more Pop appeal.
His keyboard work helped define the Muscle Shoals sound and make him an integral part of many Neil Young recordings. Spooner is also an accomplished songwriter, whose hits include "I'm Your Puppet" and "Cry Like A Baby."