That’s My Jam is a weekly feature where one person from the Selective Hearing staff goes to wax poetic about music that is pivotal to their musical tastes. Whether that would be an album, a song, or anything in-between. We all had to start somewhere.

Rock DJ

Release Date: July 31, 2000

Track Listing

  1. Rock DJ
  2. Talk To Me
  3. Rock Dj (Player One Remix)

Review

Rock DJ was the lead single from Robbie Williams’ third album Sing When You’re Winning and was the fourth best selling song of the year 2000 in the U.K. It was never released in the U.S. but somehow managed to chart on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart.

Robbie Williams was one of my favorite artists during my Brit-Pop phase in life. I used to listen religiously to British radio during my days of doing shift work and there wasn’t a time during his peak that you didn’t hear this guy on the airwaves in one form or another.

Sure he was maybe a bit over hyped at times and had some off stage issues, but one cannot deny he has a way with crafting a deft pop song. He certainly delivered the goods in that respect and Rock DJ is a great example of that.

A lot of people probably remember this song more for its video than for the actual track itself. And for good reason as it seems to start out rather innocently with Williams trying to get the attention of a female DJ. Nothing wrong with that right?

After stripping down to his undies he goes to the extremes of ripping off his skin, muscles and organs until he’s nothing but a skeleton and it’s only until that point that the DJ actually gives him some attention.

But the actual song itself is pretty damn catchy. After doing some research it looks like the song has samples of some classic R&B and Hip-Hop songs:

  • Barry White – It’s Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next To Me
  • A Tribe Called Quest – Can I Kick It?
  • Slick Rick – La Di Da Di

I did not know all that. You learn something every day. Anyway, this was and still is a great track. Well at least I think so. If you’re interested check out Sing When You’re Winning as well if you want to hear the man at the top of his game.

Sing When You’re Winning

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Rock DJ

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