Personalities | Level 42 | Eighties | Rock

(Vocal/instrumental group, 1980–95)

Driven by Mark King’s virtuoso funk-style bass playing, Mark Lindup (keyboards), Boon Gould (guitar) and Phil Gould (drums) comprised the outfit that started as a purely instrumental concern. When King’s earnest vocals were added, their eponymous debut album went UK Top 20 in 1981. It was not until 1984, however, that their decade-long string of soul pop hits began with ‘The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up)’. ‘Something About You’ became their first big US hit, bringing credibility to British soul music.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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