A Jazz funk / pop fusion group led by one of the best slap bass players in the world Mark King who have sold 31 million records worldwide including 6 top ten hits -
- Something About You, The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up), Lessons in Love, Running in the Family, To Be With You Again and It's Over along with other great hits such as -
Love Games, Tracie , Starchild, Hot Water, Children Say, Leaving Me Now, Micro Kid, To Be With You Again and many more.
English Brit-funk band, Level 42, were one of the biggest bands of the '80s and early '90s, writing the soundtrack to many of our lives and gaining fans across the globe. The band gained fame for its tight musicianship, soulful songs and funky riffs..
At the beginning of their career, Level 42 was squarely a jazz-funk fusion band, contemporaries of fellow Brit funk groups like Atmosfear, Light of the World, Incognito, and Beggar & Co.
By the end of the '80s, however, the band -- whose music was instantly recognizable from Mark King's thumb-slap bass technique and associate member Wally Badarou's synthesizer flourishes -- had crossed over to the point where they were often classified as sophisti-pop and dance-rock, equally likely to be placed in the context of Sade and the Style Council as any group that made polished, upbeat, danceable pop/rock. The band's commercial peak came with 1985's World Machine, but they continued to record and tour sporadically throughout the '90s and 2000s.
Featuring Mark King (bass, vocals), Phil Gould (drums), Boon Gould (guitar), and Mike Lindup (keyboards), the band formed in 1979.
Before they released their first single, "Love Meeting Love," the band was pushed to add vocals to their music in order to give it a more commercial sound; they complied, with King becoming the lead singer.
Released in 1981, their self-titled debut album was a slick soul-R&B collection that charted in the U.K. Top 20, resulting in the release of The Early Tapes. Level 42 had several minor hit singles before 1984's "The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up)" hit the British Top Ten.
Released in late 1985, World Machine broke the band worldwide; "Lessons in Love" hit number one in Britain and "Something About You" hit number seven in America.
Their next two records, Running in the Family (1987) and Staring at the Sun (1988), were a big success in the U.K., yet only made some headway in the U.S. Both of the Gould brothers left the band in late 1987; they were replaced by guitarist Alan Murphy and drummer Gary Husband. Murphy died of AIDS-related diseases in 1989; he was replaced by the renowned fusion guitarist Alan Holdsworth for 1991's Guaranteed. The band followed Guaranteed in 1995 with Forever Now.
Throughout the remainder of the '90s and the 2000s, the band's lineup fluctuated, with King the lone constant and his brother, guitarist Nathan King, on-board since 2001. Level 42 released a studio album, Retroglide, in 2006. Four years later, the band celebrated its 30th anniversary with a special tour, as well as a box set, Living It Up, which included a disc of fresh acoustic versions recorded by Mark King and Mike Lindup.
The Level 42 line-up has stayed consistent since 2006, when Mike Lindup returned to the position of full-time keyboard player.
- Mark King: Bass, Vocals (1980-1994, 2001-present)
- Mike Lindup: Keyboards,Vocals (1980-1994; 2006-present)
- Nathan King: Guitars (2001-present)
- Sean Freeman: Saxophone (2001-present)
- Pete Ray Biggin: Drums (2010 - depping for Gary Husband - present)
- 1983 - The River Sessions
- 1985 - A Physical Presence
- 1996 - Live At Wembley
- 2002 - Live At Reading
- 2004 - Live At The Apollo, London
- 2005 - Greatest Hits Live Tour
- 2007 - Retroglide Live
- 2009 - Live in Holland 2009
- 1989 - Level Best
- 1998 - The Very Best of Level 42
- 2003 - The Ultimate Collection
- 2006 - The Definitive Collection
- 2007 - Past Lives - The Best Of The RCA YearsLiving it up - Level 42 30th Anniversary 4CD Box Set''
- 2010 -