Stars cover up to celebrate BBC Radio 1 birthday
An all-star cover album is being released to celebrate the 40th anniversary of BBC Radio 1.
The album, matter-of-factly dubbed “Radio 1 Established 1967”, features a slew of UK stars (plus Australian pop princess Kylie Minogue) covering some of the biggest pop hits of the last forty years. The Kaiser Chiefs kick it off with a cover of the first song ever played on the station – “Flowers In The Rain” by The Move.
Confirming a long-time rumour, Minogue gives Radio 1 her take on Roxy Music’s “Love Is The Drug”. Robbie Williams has a crack “Lola” by The Kinks. Franz Ferdinand appropriately channel Bowie on his more obscure track “Sound And Vision”. Trashbag soul diva Amy Winehouse covers Johnny Cash’s “Cupid”.
Pop comes in strange forms, as Natasha Bedingfield cover’s Madonna’s “Ray Of Light“, Girls Aloud cover indie one hit wonder Wheatus’ “Teenage Dirtbag”, street-level electro dub crew Hard-Fi have a go at Britney Spears’ “Toxic” and teen pop-punks McFly bravely attempt “Town Called Malice” by The Jam.
Other big name stars on the album include the flamboyant Groove Armada covering “Crazy For You“, Mika, indie rockers Keane and Razorlight, and Scots The View. The album will be released on October 1.
Based on an article by Andrew Tijs, Undercover.com.au.