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Internationally popular British funk-rock quartet fronted by Mark King and Mike Lindup, best known for their hits Lessons in Love, Something About You, The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up), Love Games and Hot Water. They were formed on the Isle of Wight.

Though their membership has fluctuated throughout the years, the original and perhaps best-known lineup consisted of Mark King aka “Thunderthumbs” (vocals & bass), Mike Lindup (vocals & keyboards) and brothers Boon Gould (guitar) and Phil Gould (drums). After the success of the Running in the Family album, the Gould brothers left the band, citing musical differences and nervous exhaustion. King and Lindup continued, picking up replacement artists in Gary Husband on drums and former Go West and Kate Bush guitarist Alan Murphy. Murphy sadly passed away after suffering from an AIDS related illness in October 1989. The band released their then swansong album, Forever Now, in 1994.

At the end of the 80s, Mark King was recognized as one of the best bass players in the world having pioneered the ‘slap and pull’ technique, treating the bass as a percussion instrument. His style and virtuosity still are hugely influential, considering he also sang while he played very difficult basslines.

Following the formal breakup of the band in the mid-90s King later performed with a new lineup under the Level 42 moniker, before he and Lindup reunited to record Retroglide in 2006.

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  • 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
  • BillOuThere

    Brilliant Live Band-Rhythm Section (Bass&drums) up front!

    25 Oct 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
  • exprof

    Brussels http://concerts-review.over-blog.com/article-level-42-au-viage-bruxelles-le-29-octobre-2011-87588174.html

    30 Oct 2011 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
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