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 [artist]Tetsuo Sakurai[/artist] (another great guy from Japan) :D
I bought loads of their original vinyl 12" singles back in the 1980's... from (Flying On The) Wings Of Love in '81 onwards. They made great party records. I loved their style and production... great songs well played. Love Games and Hot Water in the original 12 mixes are excellent standout dance tracks for me, which show we Brits could do anything that the guys stateside could do. Saw them play live back in '85 before they started to change the lineup... great gig. Great band.
Awsom band. Seen them loads of times and had the pleasure of meeting Mark and Mike in 1993. Even when they lost their way in the late 80 and early 90s, they still kick the crap out of anything else at that time.
Grrrr! I was listening to my Last.FM radio station and it played an excellent version of Sun Goes Down - it was mostly an instrumental version. In my excitement to find what the mix was called, I accidentally closed the page. Now my list doesn't show it, I can't find it on iTunes and I don't know what the mix was called. Help!?
I won't lie and pretend I know all these guys' work since I was a kid or something, but... They're great. I got into them thanks to "Something about you" (still my favorite song ever) and I must say I enjoy their work a lot. In my opinion they're very underrated. The "Physical presence/Something about you" sequence is awesome!
A longtime Level 42 fan, I saw Mark perform live for the first time on the '99 European One Man Tour on the Isle of Wight. Hanging out with Mark, Ria, and his brother at Joe Daflo's after the show was a real treat. Since then I've been fortunate enough to see the newly reconstituted Level 42 several times in London. They are so great live it doesn't really matter if they play the old or the new stuff. Its all good.
I saw level 42 back in the day. All i wanted to see/hear was the Mark doing his bass solo's, but he was modest and respected the band. But when he did, the place erupted, with a hall full of "Air slap bass heroes". The guy is a genius! Shame they went down the pop route, but we all gotta make a living!