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August 17, 2007

Under Cover

First it was The Charlatans’ Only One I Know for Mark Ronson’s Version album. And now Robbie tackles The Kinks’ 1970 hit Lola for a brand new BBC project.

The reason? To celebrate BBC Radio 1’s 40th birthday. The channel is releasing an album of 40 hits from each year it has been broadcasting, with songs being covered by some of the biggest names in rock and pop today. Robbie’s version of Lola, representing 1970, is produced by former writing and production partner, Guy Chambers, who worked on some of Robbie’s biggest hits.

You'll be able to hear a sneak preview on the station when the Lola is played on the Chris Moyles breakfast show on September 28. The unveiling comes as all the tracks get an airing, show by show, from September 17.

As well as Lola the album includes covers such as Kylie’s take on Roxy Music’s Love Is The Drug (from 1975), Girls Aloud’s cover of the Wheatus hit Teenage Dirtbag (from 2001) and Hard-Fi’s version of Britney’s 2004 hit Toxic.

The album, titled Radio 1. Established 1967, will be released on October 1.