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    There are rumors and talk about his greed and avarice (endorsing all sorts of things), there was a tax-dodging scandal a few years ago involving him and the other TT band members; rumors about his homophobia (which I don't see since his manager was openly gay and sent the band to gay venues to perform, unless it was a negative experience for them; and even then...), his conservative politics. And how he attempted to quash Robbie Williams efforts to shine in the band's early days...can't blame him since Robbie is a much more charismatic performer than he could ever be. He was also accused of sexism and racism. It all could or could not be true. I also read his autobiography; he sounded extremely self-serving. And his solo music is so banal and uninteresting. He appeals to a certain Euro fan base, but he's boring. And his more recent stuff with the pared-down TT is also dull, at least to me. It all adds up to not liking him as much as I used to...
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    ^^^^
    yeah, i mean even if half of that is true he sounds like an asshole.

    i always thought he was boring so i could totally see him being jealous of robbie williams. it's like that with all boy bands - there's always one with the potential to have a solo career without the band, and it's not always the lead singer. take that were alway cringy and cheesy and while i can't say i'm a fan of robbie's solo stuff, it's good if you're into that sort of thing and he's got shitloads of charisma.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sputnik View Post
    ^^^^
    yeah, i mean even if half of that is true he sounds like an asshole.

    i always thought he was boring so i could totally see him being jealous of robbie williams. it's like that with all boy bands - there's always one with the potential to have a solo career without the band, and it's not always the lead singer. take that were alway cringy and cheesy and while i can't say i'm a fan of robbie's solo stuff, it's good if you're into that sort of thing and he's got shitloads of charisma.
    His manager originally picked the band members to support Barlow; but Simon Cowell said in a documentary that the reason he didn't sign them was because he thought Barlow lacked charisma. A couple of the studio exes said that they thought Barlow was downright 'boring', a glorified pub hall musician and he would always throw a hissy fit whenever it was suggested that Williams sing the lead on songs.

    I liked their early stuff, as cheesy as it was. But the later stuff, even when Robbie briefly reunited with them, was dull to me.
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