Richard Archer says singer should avoid their cover

Hard-Fi have admitted they might send Britney Spears over the edge if she ever hears their cover of ’Toxic’.

The band have recorded the track for ‘Radio 1. Established 1967’, an album celebrating the station’s 40th anniversary.

The compilation takes a track from every year of Radio 1’s existence, and Hard-Fi have tackled the Spears single for 2004.

Their version sees them fusing ’Toxic’ with The Clash’s version of ’Brand New Cadillac’.

Frontman Richard Archer believes that the pop singer – recently dropped by her management following a series of public humiliations, most notably a cringe-worthy performance at the VMAs – would hate their version.

“I think the poor girl’s been through enough,” noted Archer. “This might be the final straw.”

The full ’Radio 1. Established 1967’ tracklisting is:

1967 – ‘Flowers In The Rain’ (The Move) covered by 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 The Pigeon Detectives

1986 – ‘Don’t Get Me Wrong’ (The Pretenders) covered by Lily 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 – ‘Lovefool’ (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 Islam & Ronan Keating) covered by The Enemy

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

The album will be released on October 1.

Read our first impressions and the covers we’re most excited about on the NME Office Blog now.