South of the Border (Robbie Williams song)

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"South of the Border"
Robbie Williams - South of the Border - CD single cover.jpg
Single by Robbie Williams
from the album Life thru a Lens
Released15 September 1997
FormatCD single, Cassette
Length3:53 (album version)
3:40 (single version)
Songwriter(s)Williams, Chambers
Producer(s)Guy Chambers, Steve Power
Robbie Williams singles chronology
"Lazy Days"
"South of the Border"
Music video
"South of the Border" on YouTube

"South of the Border" is a song by English recording artist Robbie Williams, released as the third single from his debut studio album Life thru a Lens (1997). The song reached #14 on the singles chart, his only single to miss the top ten until "Sin Sin Sin" in 2006. Williams described this single as "One of the best, so much better than Angels".[citation needed] Music critic Joe Garvey said "Love it!" in music magazine NME.[citation needed]

According to his home page, at the very last second, Williams changed his mind and made this his single; this explains why the video is a little uncohesive and mostly a performance shoot. Williams has stated that the song was inspired by Kate Moss, giving way to the opening line "I know a freaky young lady name of cocaine Katie" (the line is changed to "no shame Katie" on the single version). After a few relatively unknown songs parallel to Gary Barlow's career and "South of the Border" failing, many thought this was the end of Williams.[1][2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "South of the Border" – 3:40
  2. "Cheap Love Song" – 4:10
  3. "South of the Border" (187 Lockdown's Borderline Mix) – 6:19
  4. "South of the Border" (Phil 'the Kick Drum' Dance + Matt Smith's Nosebag Dub) – 8:31
  1. "South of the Border" – 3:40
  2. "South of the Border" (Mother's Milkin' It Mix) – 7:09
  3. "South of the Border" (Phil' the Kick Drum' Dance + Matt Smith's Filthy Funk Vocal Remix) – 8:31
  4. "South of the Border" (187 Lockdown's Southside Dub) – 6:11
  5. "South of the Border" (Shango + Danny Howells' the Unknown DJs Meet Cocaine Katie Mix) – 9:32


Chart (1997) Peak
UK Singles Chart 14


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