Robbie Williams unveils comeback single
Robbie Williams unveiled his long-awaited comeback single to fans today, warning them to prepare for "something cosmic".
Bodies was played on radio stations around the UK from 8am but the pop star delivered it in person to The Chris Moyles Show on BBC Radio 1.
After two and a half years away from the charts, Williams announced earlier this month that he planned to release a new single and album.
The Stoke-on-Trent singer told Radio 1 listeners to be prepared for "something cosmic to happen" when the track was played.
"It's a grower, man," he joked. "No it's instant. I think it's instant, otherwise it's a two-player.
"Yeah I'm really good at promotion."
Bodies will be available for download on October 11 and in the shops a day later, with his album Reality Killed The Video Star out on November 9.
Williams, 35, has not released a single since She's Madonna in March 2007 or an album since Rudebox in October 2006.
The new single and album were both produced by Trevor Horn, the legendary producer who in his younger days was one half of electro-pop duo The Buggles.
The Buggles wrote and recorded number one hit Video Killed The Radio Star - the first song ever played on MTV - and the inspiration for the title of Williams' new album.
Since leaving Take That in 1996, Williams has enjoyed huge success as a solo artist: he has had six number one singles, every one of his UK studio albums has reached number one in the charts and he has sold a total of 55 million records around the world.
During the show, the star hinted he would like to appear on stage again with Take That but said various doubts put him off.
Although he had not watched the group's sell-out concerts live, he and Gary Barlow saw a recording of it together at his home.
He said: "I was with Gary Barlow a couple of weeks ago and we watched the whole show together at mine and I just thought it's one of the best shows I have ever seen.
"I was sat there watching it, thinking 'yeah, rehearsals, that's what you have to do isn't it?'
"I will rehearse for my next tour.
"It was an amazing show and I loved it."
Asked if it felt "weird" to watch his former bandmates, he replied "Not really.
"It made me want to be with them in the band."
He admitted he would "really like" to work with the band now they were all friends again but said public perceptions of their differing careers made him unsure.
But Williams, who also said he had doubts about the dancing, said he was even more doubtful about the prospects after Moyles told him Barlow had been "non-committal" about Williams teaming up with Take That.
"Really?" said Williams, "Well, that's it then. I am not doing it."
He added later: "That's it, I am not joining Take That then. It's official."
The singer said he felt "really, really good" after dieting to get in shape for the new album.
He told Moyles: "I have been a food ninja for the last few months.
"I can't stand training, got an album coming out and it's important, don't want to look like an idiot.
"Cut out everything you like."
Williams, who splits his time between the UK and Los Angeles, also revealed his girlfriend of three years' secret nickname for him - Tickles A Noo Noo - as well as showering praise on Big Brother.
"I have been watching it and loving it," he said. "It has been very rewarding this year."