<i>Radio 1</i> Makes Us Want To Hang The DJ

Aug 16th, 2007 // 23 Comments

razorlight.jpgHey, did ever get a hankering to hear Mark Ronson cover Mary J. Blige? Stereophonics tackle Hot Chocolate’s “You Sexy Thing”? Something called the “Pigeon Detectives,” which sounds like a failed Nick Jr. show, try their hand at Huey Lewis and the News? Listen to Mike Skinner sing-rap Elton John? Take a razor blade to your eyelids? Pour lye all over your genitals? Light your toes on fire? Then you may be interested in Radio 1, a forthcoming collection where modern-day NME faves cover one song per year from 40 fabulous middlebrow years of the BBC station. Unlike our recent rants againt cheeky cover conceits, these don’t look to be so much “ironic” as “awful.” The full tracklist is after the jump:

1967 – Flowers In The Rain (The Move) covered by The Kaiser Chiefs

1968 – All Along The Watchtower (Jimi Hendrix Experience) covered by The Fratellis

1969 – Cupid (Johnny Nash) covered by Amy Winehouse

1970 – Lola (The Kinks) covered by Robbie Williams

1971 – Your Song (Elton John) covered by The Streets

1972 – Betcha By Golly Wow (The Stylistics) covered by Sugababes

1973 – You’re So Vain (Carly Simon) covered by The Feeling

1974 – Band On The Run (Wings) covered by Foo Fighters

1975 – Love Is The Drug (Roxy Music) covered by Kylie

1976 – Let’s Stick Together (Bryan Ferry) covered by KT Tunstall

1977 – Sound & Vision (David Bowie) covered by Franz Ferdinand

1978 – Teenage Kicks (The Undertones) covered by The Raconteurs

1979 – Can’t Stand Losing You (The Police) covered by Mika

1980 – Too Much Too Young (The Specials) covered by Kasabian

1981 – Under Pressure (Queen & David Bowie) covered by Keane

1982 – Town Called Malice (The Jam) covered by McFly

1983 – Come Back And Stay (Paul Young) covered by James Morrison

1984 – Careless Whisper (George Michael) covered by The Gossip

1985 – The Power Of Love (Huey Lewis & The News) covered by Pigeon Detectives

1986 – Don’t Get Me Wrong (The Pretenders) covered by Lilly Allen

1987 – You Sexy Thing (Hot Chocolate) covered by Stereophonics

1988 – Fast Car (Tracy Chapman) covered by Mutya Buena

1989 – Lullaby (the Cure) covered by Editors

1990 – Englishman In New York (Sting) covered by Razorlight

1991 – Crazy For You (Madonna) covered by Groove Armada

1992 – It Must Be Love (Madness) covered by Paolo Nutini

1993 – All That She Wants (Ace Of Base) covered by The Kooks

1994 – You’re All I Need To Get By (Mary J Blige) covered by Mark Ronson

1995 – Stillness In Time (Jamiroquai) covered by Calvin Harris

1996 – No Diggity (Blackstreet) covered by Klaxons

1997 – Love Fool (The Cardigans) covered by Just Jack

1998 – Ray Of Light (Madonna) covered by Natasha Bedingfield

1999 – Drinking in LA (Bran Van 3000) covered by The Twang

2000 – The Great Beyond (REM) covered by The Fray

2001 – Teenage Dirtbag (Wheatus) covered by Girls Aloud

2002 – Like I Love You (Justin Timberlake) covered by Maximo Park

2003 – Don’t Look Back Into The Sun (The Libertines) covered by The View

2004 – Toxic (Britney Spears) covered by Hard-Fi

2005 – Father & Son (Yusuf & Ronan Keating) covered by The Enemy

2006 – Steady As She Goes (The Raconteurs) covered by Corinne Bailey Rae

Actually some of them probably won’t be so bad. Or at least they’ll be “interesting.” Or good mixtape fodder. Still, England, you have some explaining to do.

Stars Line Up For Radio 1 Album [BBC via Maura IM'ing me this morning with the queasy-making horror that is "1996 - No Diggity (Blackstreet) covered by Klaxons" via Poptimists]


  1. PengIn

    Local H does a cover of Toxic that is likely 12 to 15 times better than whatever Hard-Fi comes up with. Wait, let me check my math…. 6 times better.

  2. Jon Can Dance

    I could stand to hear a few of those, but a cover of Whetus? I wouldn’t be surprised if some of those guys are in a cover band by now.

  3. Bob Loblaw

    Klaxons : No Diggity :: Pineapple : Pizza

  4. Al Shipley

    LOL @ The Fray not even being able to pick an REM song that doesn’t suck.

    Things like this are so bizarre to me, that they’d bother to honor such a wide canon of music as “songs that were played on a pop radio station.” There’s not even any challenge to the artists trying to pick something to cover.

  5. TheMojoPin

    Wheatus’ inexplicable popularity in the UK goes a long way to debunking the whole “cool Britain” bunk so many hipsters cling to desperately.

  6. Nicolars

    I want to go back in time and retroactively break all the bones in the Klaxons bodies to prevent this No Diggity cover from happening.

  7. Audif Jackson Winters III

    This also reminds me of how inexplicably big “Drinking In LA” was over there, when … I was over there.

  8. enriquez the water bottle

    Those mostly seem like ass, but the Foo Fighters’, Raconteurs’, and the Gossip’s contributions are at least intriguing.

  9. AL

    @Bob Loblaw: two great tastes that go great together?

  10. AL

    I bet Robbie Williams is a bit more familiar with the subject matter of “Lola” than he’d like to let on.

  11. ghostyhead

    Hasn’t this already been done?


  12. Dan Gibson

    Damn these bands for enjoying music that we also enjoy, and desiring to cover it! DAMN THEM TO HELL.

  13. Bob Loblaw

    @aluberalles: More like, an illogical combination with surprising potential. (And dammit, now I’m hungry for Hawaiian pizza.)

  14. Anonymous

    @enriquez the water bottle: I’m with you on the Gossip’s cover. A lot of that other stuff looks rather askew.

  15. mackro

    The Franz Ferdinand cover of “Sound and Vision” will probably rule. The rest, AAAAAAAUUUUUUGH!! (Yes, the Gossip covering Wham! is a fun idea, but why the fuck “CARELESS FUCKING WHISPERS”? Almost any other song would be better.)

  16. Dickdogfood

    UM. A couple of those covers were already covers. I think.

  17. d

    My money is on Kylie stealing the show.

  18. KevinChurch

    The NME Ruby Trax collection from the mid-90s was a much more interesting selection of both songs and artists, but that may be the misty haze of nostalgia clouding my objective vision of things. I think Curve’s cover of “I Feel Love” and Ride’s version of “The Model” are great records. (The fact I still really like The Farm’s version of “Don’t You Want Me” says a bit too much about how shameful my listening tastes can really be…)

  19. mike a

    I still can’t believe there’s a band called Just Jack in the world.

  20. nonce

    @Al aka El Negro Magnifico:

    Yeah. The Gossip have a cover of Aaliyah’s “Are You That Somebody?” that, although it lacks the crucial baby sample, is still pretty awesome.

    I also have my fingers crossed that the band “The View” is actually a jam band comprised of the people from the show “The View”.

  21. Michaelangelo Matos

    I’m sorry–people actually think the Gossip covering “Careless Whisper” is a good idea?

  22. G3K

    I can’t be the only person excited for the Maximo Park cover of “Like I Love You”, which should at the very least be better than their entire second record.

  23. Dan Gibson

    @Matos: I don’t think the Gossip are a good idea in general, so I’m probably not the one to ask.

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