Mark King's slap-bass guitar technique is the stuff of legends in music circles, and alongside his bandmates set this group apart from their contemporaries with their innovative fusion of jazz and funk. The late 1980s saw great success for the group with three top five albums, and they have now sold over 31 million records worldwide throughout a 35 year-long career. After a quiet recording period in the late 1990s, the band returned with Retroglide in 2006 and Sirens in 2013. To the delight of fans, they head back out on tour again in 2018 to play the best of their extensive back catalogue live. Don't So don't miss your chance to see them live: buy Level 42 tickets now at StubHub UK.
Level 42: 1980s hitmakers
Phil Gould, Mike Lindup and Boon Gould came together to form Level 42 in 1979, before adding Mark King to the line-up after producers pushed for a vocalist to create a more commercial sound. The group's eponymous first album was released in 1981 to a positive reception, and charted in the UK top 20. Single "The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up)" was their first top ten release in 1983, before hit record World Machine followed in 1985. Two years later the band hit the top spot across Europe with "Lessons in Love", with the band having moved away from their original jazz-funk sound towards a smoother pop and R&B feel; widely viewed as a key contributing factor to their growing success.
After two further successful albums: Running in the Family and Staring at the Sun, both Gould brothers left the band to spend more time with their families. A quiet period followed with the new line-up only releasing two records in the early 1990s, including Forever Now which still enjoyed plenty of commercial success. Mark King went solo in the second half of the decade, so fans had to wait until late 2002 for the band to reform and play live together again. New material came in 2006, with Retroglide the first official release together in 12 years, and multiple tours throughout the UK and Europe followed. Still touring regularly today, don't miss your chance to catch them live in 2018: buy Level 42 tickets now at StubHub.
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