Robbie Williams' new single ‘Ecstasy' will be released on February 9, despite controversy over whether the song advocates the use of the Class A dance drug of the same name.
White label copies of the single have already been distributed to UK radio networks. However, playlist producers said they were ‘in two minds' over whether to give the song any airplay.
"The lyrics are dubious, to say the least," said radio DJ Mike Swanley from Jet FM. "There are a few references to Mitsubishi, Bart Simpson and white doves in there for a start."
In one line of the song Williams is said to mention his desire to "get out of my nut on a four-four beat glut". Later on, after a whooping scream, he declares "my yearning's inspired by the paths that we've crossed/ my gurning's just down to the pills that I've boshed."
A spokesman for Williams' record company EMI refused to comment on the contents of the song, saying only that it would prove to be "another smash hit for Robbie".
One source close to Williams said that concern over the lyrics of the song, which features ex-Happy Monday Bez on maracas, was unfounded.
"Robbie does not in any way condone the use of drugs," she commented. "He loves a good shag every now and then but that's as far as it goes."