Radio 1's Midlife Crisis

BBC Radio One celebrates its ruby anniversary with forty cover versions.

Featured Artists: The Cure  Editors  Franz Ferdinand  The Fratellis  Jimi Hendrix  Kaiser Chiefs  Kasabian  Klaxons  The Libertines  Maximo Park  The Raconteurs  The Twang 

Ever since Jo Whiley invented the cover version (or so you'd think) with her popular Live Lounge feature, guest stars have been queuing up to butcher other act's songs. Now Radio 1 is going that extra step by inviting forty of today's acts to re-record songs from the past forty years for a fabulous celebratory cash-in CD...a little bit like what the NME did for Ruby Trax fifteen years ago but without the genius of Vic Reeves' 'Vienna' obviously (and without the money going to charity).

Kaiser Chiefs start the ball rolling with their cover of The Move's 'Flowers in the Rain', the first record Tony Blackburn played on the first Radio 1 show in 1967 (discounting his own theme tune of course) and every year is represented up until 2006 - The Raconteurs 'Steady As She Goes' covered by Corinne Bailey-Rae who ironically has not been heard by anyone since 2006.

Elsewhere, genuine intrigue surrounds Klaxons' cover of 'No Diggity', Kasabian's 'Too Much Too Young' and Franz Ferdinand's 'Sound and Vision'.

There's clearly been a lot of shifting and relaxing of 'rules' as many tracks which are covers themselves are covered and many are based on the years those tracks were re-issued. Will any of the acts do the originals justice? We shall see.

1. Kaiser Chiefs - 'Flowers in the Rain' (The Move)
2. The Fratellis - 'All Along The Watchtower' (Jimi Hendrix Experience)
3. Amy Winehouse - 'Cupid' (Johnny Nash)
4. Robbie Williams Ė 'Lola' (The Kinks)
5. The Streets - 'Your Song' (Elton John)
6. Sugababes - 'Betcha By Golly Wow' (The Stylistics)
7. The Feeling - 'Youíre So Vain' (Carly Simon)
8. Foo Fighters - 'Band On The Run' (Wings)
9. Kylie Minogue - 'Love Is The Drug' (Roxy Music)
10.KT Tunstall - 'Letís Stick Together' (Bryan Ferry)
11.Franz Ferdinand Ė 'Sound & Vision' (David Bowie)
12.The Raconteurs - 'Teenage Kicks' (The Undertones)
13.The 'Flamboyant' Mika - 'Canít Stand Losing You' (The Police)
14.Kasabian - 'Too Much Too Young' (The Specials)
15.Keane - 'Under Pressure' (Queen & David Bowie)
16.McFly - 'Town Called Malice' (The Jam)
17.James Morrison - 'Come Back And Stay' (Paul Young)
18.The Gossip - 'Careless Whisper' (George Michael)
19.Pigeon Detectives Ė 'The Power Of Love' (Huey Lewis & The News)
20.Lily Allen - 'Donít Get Me Wrong' (The Pretenders)
21.The Stereophonics - 'You Sexy Thing' (Hot Chocolate)
22.Mutya Buena - 'Fast Car' (Tracy Chapman)
23.Editors - 'Lullaby' (The Cure)
24.Razorlight - 'Englishman In New York' (Sting)
25.Groove Armada - 'Crazy For You' (Madonna)
26.Paolo Nutini - 'It Must Be Love' (Madness)
27.The Kooks - 'All That She Wants' (Ace Of Base)
28.Mark Ronson - 'Youíre All I Need To Get By' (Mary J Blige)
29.Calvin Harris - 'Stillness In Time' (Jamiroquai)
30.Klaxons - 'No Diggity' (Blackstreet)
31.Just Jack - 'Love Fool' (The Cardigans)
32.Natasha Bedingfield - 'Ray Of Light' (Madonna)
33.The Twang - 'Drinking in LA' (Bran Van 3000)
34.The Fray - 'The Great Beyond' (REM)
35.Girls Aloud - 'Teenage Dirtbag' (Wheatus)
36.Maximo Park - 'Like I Love You' (Justin Timberlake)
37.The View - 'Donít Look Back Into The Sun' (The Libertines)
38.Hard-Fi - 'Toxic' (Britney Spears)
39.The Enemy - 'Father & Son' (Yusuf Islam & Ronan Keating)
40.Corinne Bailey Rae - 'Steady As She Goes' (The Raconteurs)

Posted on 16 August 2007 by Richard Brown

Tags: Radio 1  Ruby  Kaiser Chiefs  Franz Ferdinand  Klaxons  Albums 

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