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This internationally popular British / quartet, fronted by Mark King and Mike Lindup, is best known for the hits “Lessons in Love”, “Something About You”, “The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up)”, “Love Games”, and “Hot Water”. The genre-blending group started out on the Isle of Wight. Though their membership has fluctuated throughout the years, the original and perhaps best-known lineup of Level 42 consisted of Mark King aka “Thunderthumbs” (vocals & bass), Mike Lindup (vocals & keyboards), and brothers Boon Gould (guitar) and Phil Gould (drums).

Their first album, ‘Level 42’, came out in July 1981. Their first single, “Love Games”, became a hit, reaching #38 on the U.K. single charts, and has since been a fan-favorite. While the band didn’t quite break into the mainstream completely, this album and its follow-ups featured a spirited sound that drew influence from , , and .

After the success of the 1987 ‘Running in the Family’ album, the Gould brothers left the band, citing musical differences and nervous exhaustion. Said release, the seventh album from Level 42, included perhaps the group’s most popular and iconic single: “Lessons in Love”. ‘Running in the Family’ and their previous album, 1985’s ‘World Machine’, both brought them international stardom and critical acclaim, with ‘World Machine’ peaking at #3 on the U.K. album charts and staying on that chart for 72 weeks.

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  • cottoneyejoejoe

    dat dere bass, brilliant!

    28 Apr 10:44pm Reply
  • johnhunt1973

    I saw Mike Lindup perform at the Marc Bolan 35th Anniversary Concert in 2012. He hadn't aged much!

    24 Jan 2:01am Reply
  • elf-culture

    I remember not being able to sleep one night and seeing their video for Something About You on tv. It was so strange.

    3 Aug 2013 Reply
  • kartds

    Master!

    20 Apr 2013 Reply
  • HoneyRitual

    the instrumental parts reminds me of Toro Y Moi which is a good thing.

    14 Feb 2013 Reply
  • dardar227

    So underrated!!! Loved them since the 80's and still hooked! Great talents and brilliant writing.

    31 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Gurnkge_Giskrd

    magnifico!!! lo mejor verlos en playa del carmen!

    27 Nov 2012 Reply
  • AlaNio

    totally forgot bout these guys. My dad used to listen to them a lot :)

    11 Oct 2012 Reply
  • baizixiele

    LEGEND.

    29 Jul 2012 Reply
  • The_Arcadist

    Forever underrated. Amazing band.

    21 Apr 2012 Reply
  • PhilGoulden

    Hi all Level 42 lovers!! Thumbs Up for this Great Photo!!! http://www.last.fm/music/Level+42/+images/76105088

    30 Mar 2012 Reply
  • MJRocker1987

    These guys are absolutely phenomenal!

    24 Mar 2012 Reply
  • MusicMagic77

    No doubt, Mark King is a unique bass player, simply Phenomenon. (One of my favorites) I like mostly his early recordings - when he played in jazz-fusion influences. If you want to know someone like he, listen to Tetsuo Sakurai (another great guy from Japan) :D

    19 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Zoltanrah

    lessons in love<3

    7 Mar 2012 Reply
  • PhilGoulden

    Level 42 are one of the most talented band. [2]

    1 Mar 2012 Reply
  • PhilGoulden

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    4 Feb 2012 Reply
  • DJSMusicfactory

    "Something about you" ... Love it!!! :-)

    10 Oct 2011 Reply
  • DJSMusicfactory

    Awesome band from the 80's!!! :-)------------------------< Love them!!!

    19 Sep 2011 Reply
  • pizzake

    Why istn't starchild in teh top 15? o: It's such an amazing song :D

    15 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Tarkus10

    Mark King is the bass god.

    9 Jul 2011 Reply
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