Yes the rather sobering news is Robbie Williams has been deemed too ancient for Radio 1.
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You may not realize the importance of this if you are Stateside but when we grew up Radio 1 was the epitome of cool youf when I was growing up. So were HMV record stores and they have all closed down now.
Radio I embraced Take That when they emerged in the early 1990s as the first of a generation of manufactured boy bands. Even then I felt a tad old, looking down on Take That as lightweight, although they were far more accomplished than what followed.
Robbie Williams, now 39, was the most high profile member of the band and made a name through his bad boy antics. He fell out with the band, went solo, packed on the pounds and appeared to be destined to disappear into obscurity when his star unexpectedly soared.
He's since sold more than 70 million records and is Britain's biggest selling contemporary solo artist.
Nevertheless, Robbie is said to be "gutted" that he's no longer being played on Radio 1. Bosses have decided he's getting on a bit and have shoved him in the Perry Como file with the carpet slippers.
Radio 1's breakfast DJ Nick Grimshaw has said Williams, 39, was "not relevant" to his target audience of 15-29 year olds.
"I liked Take That when I was little, but I'm not little anymore," he told Five news.
So there you go. Robbie has a rather less impressive profile Stateside. I recall having a conversation with a colleague about him once.
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"I've never found him funny," she said.
Erm. And then she went on to mention Good Morning Vietnam and I realized she was talking about Robin Williams.
I haven't listened to Radio 1 for a very long time, owing to my presence in a different country. Needless to say I wouldn't recognize the station anymore.