Ever since the sad news of Mark Bell’s passing, LFO superfan, Ian Roullier has been pushing to get LFO’s seminal track ‘LFO‘ a Christmas number 1 as tribute to the late producer.
Roullier sat down with the Official Charts this week to talk about the tribute and the subsequent campaign he’s being running, “When news that Mark Bell of LFO had sadly passed away in October, I was gutted. While I never met Mark, I have always been a massive fan of his music and LFO and their Frequencies album expanded my musical horizons massively as a teenager.
“As soon as I heard about Mark’s death, I decided to listen to LFO’s Frequencies album, which to many people’s minds stands as one of the very first classic electronic music albums. I thought about how Mark’s life and his huge contribution to electronic music could be marked and the idea of trying to get LFO by LFO to Christmas number one as a tribute to him came into my head.
“I set up the Facebook page straight away and things have just grown from there. LFO is the defining and best-known LFO track and had to be the one chosen for the Christmas Number 1 bid. When the single first came out in 1990, it was like nothing anyone had ever heard before.
“It reached number 12 in the chart and its video was directed by Jarvis Cocker, before Pulp became massive. LFO had such deep, sub-bass that it wrecked people’s speakers and it has massively influenced all genres of dance music after its release – from techno to drum and bass to garage to dubstep.
“The support of Gez Varley, who was in LFO with Mark until 1996, has been absolutely vital. Having his blessing for this tribute has meant a lot. High profile people throughout electronic music and beyond have been hugely supportive. The campaign has had support from people like Skream, Plastician, Nathan Fake, East India Youth, Jack Savidge of Friendly Fires, Erol Alkan, James Zabiela, Danny Rampling, Sister Bliss of Faithless, Eats Everything, Mr C, 808 State, Ceephax Acid Crew, Lone, the list goes on.”
More information about LFO’s Christmas Number 1 campaign can be found on their Facebook page.
And here’s all the links to make sure you purchase or streams count towards the campaign.
DOWNLOAD LINKS (full-length version):
Google play: https://t.co/VrRvqJOXn7
HMV digital: https://t.co/mxq6oR2kDk
iTunes (download track 5 ONLY, not the full album): https://t.co/USYjGlchzl
Juno: (download track 5 ONLY, not the full album): http://t.co/2cFHLwZmXN
DOWNLOAD LINKS (album edit):
7digital (download track 2 only): http://t.co/Bn6vx82BGu
Google play (download track 2 only): https://t.co/JWjmcuAqrs
Bleep (download track 2 only): https://t.co/raYvlo2r7K
HMV digital (download track 2 only): https://t.co/T9Nnodv7FH
iTunes (download track 2 only): https://t.co/rrZTP8JZxq
Juno (download track 2 only): http://t.co/WOiBkBJ84d
Beatport and Boomkat sales do NOT count towards the chart sadly.
STREAMS (1 stream of 30 seconds or more = 100th of a sale):
Spotify: Full-length version: https://t.co/TyIDVZKvBY
Album edit: http://t.co/Im2w8FkZpf Playlist (20 plays): http://t.co/Dqj8qfqvPW
Deezer: Full-length version: http://t.co/5JGTJht1kw
Album edit: http://t.co/2cZ1XxObb8
Sales and streams for the Christmas Number One register from Sunday December 14th till Saturday December 20th at 23:59.