The Struts and Robbie Williams Premiere Video for Their Anthem ‘Strange Days,’ from the Struts’ New LP Out 10/16


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Last week, English pop/rock stars of different eras teamed up effectively when The Struts and Robbie Williams premiered their new collaborative single, “Strange Days” — an anthem for these, well, strange days.

The soaring song blended the young English glam/rock/pop band with Williams, one of the most successful pop stars of the past few decades on a global scale (United States excluded, of course, though he’s been working on that with some excellent pre-pandemic shows in Las Vegas).

The track’s music video premiered on Wednesday, and it’s an especially artful affair, from the black-and-white color effects to other stylistic choices that suit the song — and its merging of two generations of pop stars — perfectly:

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The Struts and Williams performed the song this past weekend at Live at Soccer Aid for Unicef 2020 — with Williams appearing via CGI from his home (in order to maintain social distancing):

Here’s how the song came about:

“I was doing Quarantine Radio and Robbie hit me up out of the blue asking if we could talk,” explains Spiller, referring to the Instagram Live show launched by The Struts in the early days of lockdown. “We ended up Face-Timing for about two hours the first time we’d ever spoken, talking about life and music and UFOs and everything else you can think of. I asked if he’d like to work together at some point, and while we were making the album he graciously let us come over and record him singing on his front porch.”
 
Robbie Williams notes, “We did a vocal for a wonderful song that has been gifted my way. It’s been an absolute pleasure and a privilege to listen to this man sing. It’s great to be a fan of someone and then a part of this recording. It’s like having a hero here and I genuinely mean that.

Strange Days is also the title of the Struts’ new album, which will be released on Oct. 16. In addition to working with Robbie Williams, the band collaborated with Albert Hammond Jr. of the Strokes on the single “Another Hit of Showmanship”:

Also featured on the record are Joe Elliott and Phil Collen of Def Leppard (on “I Hate How Much I Want You”) and Tom Morello (on “Wild Child”). The Struts also cover KISS‘ “Do You Love Me,” as well — so this is shaping up to be quite an album.

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