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Level 42 is a British post-funk band formed in 1980. With its highly stylized sound, captivating melodies, and funky beats, this group had a huge impact on the music scene of the 1980s. From their debut single "Love Games" up to their most popular hit "Lessons in Love", Level 42 delivered a unique sound and genre that is still remembered among music fans today.
Originally known as the Level, this band started out playing Caribbean-influenced jazz-funk, and gained recognition for their positive message. In 1981, the group changed their name to Level 42 and marked the beginning of their post-funk journey. Later that year, they released their critically acclaimed debut album "The Pursuit of Accidents", which spawned their first Top 40 hit: "Love Games".
Their following album "Standing in the Light" (1983) saw the band achieve international success. It included their top 5 hit single "The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up)", and established Level 42 as a true innovator of their genre.
Their third album, "True Colours" (1984) was their first to feature singer/keyboardist Rowland Gould, who had just joined the group. Gould's powerful and soulful vocals, combined with Mark King's inventive and funky bass playing, transformed Level 42 into a genuinely captivating live act.
Level 42's original lineup included Phil Gould on drums, Mike Lindup on keys and vocals, Mark King on bass and Boon Gould on guitar and sax.
By the time their acclaimed "Running in the Family" album came out in 1987, Rowland Gould had taken over lead vocals and Mark King's mastery of the slap bass had soared, establishing him as an international bass icon.
The group's lineup changed several times, with the last addition being Alan Murphy on guitar (who tragically passed away in 1989).
The original four members are now reunited for their 40th anniversary tour, due to start at the beginning of 2021.
Level 42's sound is highly original, but their influence can be felt in similar post-funk bands, such as Ambrosia and Go West.
The group has also been cited as a major influence by many of the artist they had worked with, including ex-Jamiroquai frontman Jay Kay and producer Trevor Horn.
Level 42 are best remembered for their funk and pop ballads, of which "Lessons in Love" is probably the most popular. Other memorable hits include "Something About You" (1985) and "Running in the Family" (1987).
More recent works, though not as widely known, include their 2000 studio album "Forever Now", and the single "It's Over" (2003).
Fusing jazz-funk and pop, Level 42 helped define the sound of the '80s. With their continuous success, since their inception in 1980, they remain a truly iconic group of musicians.
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