A new chart from the perfect mixtape site has some, predictable enough, entries from Rock Family Tree veterans Eric Clapton, Elton John (whose extensive career is the subject of an extensive, as yet unpublished Pete Frame Rock Family Tree) and Madchester/New Order precursors Joy Division.
Interestingly, in his Heady Days Of Manchester: 2 Tree (Researched and Drawn March 1998) Pete Frame reveals that during early 1978 he was one of the executives at Stiff Records unimpressed by Joy Division (who had recently changed their name from Warsaw) at an audition for the label.
The idea that early Joy Division were a shadow(play?) of the band they were to become – in later gigs and on record – was a view I heard repeated while researching material for Looking For The Light Through The Pouring Rain, Kevin Cummins photo book document of Manchester – before and aft Madchester – an excellent companion piece to Pete’s 2 Trees.
Here’s the entire perfectmixtape chart of Britain’s Favourite Love Songs
1. ‘Sex On Fire’ by Kings of Leon
2. ‘Let’s Get It On’ by Marvin Gaye
3. ‘Let’s Stay Together’ by Al Green
4. ‘Wonderful Tonight’ by Eric Clapton
5. ‘Your Song’ by Elton John
6. ‘I Will Always Love You’ by Whitney Houston
7. ‘November Rain’ by Guns ‘N’ Roses
8. ‘Bed of Roses’ by Bon Jovi
9. ‘Hello, I Love You’ by The Doors
10. ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ by Joy Division