This is said to be a bitter personal attack on Robbie Williams' rival and former Take That bandmate Gary Barlow. At a concert in Norwich, England in October 1997, Williams told the crowd: "Everyone thinks that I wrote this about Gary. It's not about him, it's about whoever you hate."
Robbie Williams explained on his website: "This is about people who get you down. You know the sort, if they're having a bad time themselves they make you suffer to make themselves feel better. This song says 'get lost' to them."
Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow's feud lasted for several years after Williams left Take That. This was intensified in part by the British press pitting Williams' wild-child antics against Barlow's more family-friendly image. After a decade of trading barbs, Williams and Barlow declared a truce in July 2010, with the duo reuniting alongside the rest of Take That to record their first album together in 15 years.
Life Thru a Lens was Robbie Williams' debut solo album after quitting Take That in July 1995. The album, originally titled The Show-Off Must Go On, peaked at #1 in the UK seven months after its release.
Bruce Springsteen wrote "Blinded By The Light," which was a #1 hit for Manfred Mann's Earth Band. The "Madman Drummers" line is a reference to Springsteen's first E-Street drummer, Vinnie "Mad dog" Lopez.