Level 42is a popular British funk and pop band which was formed in 1980. The members all came from the Isle of Wight and had played in bands together when they were teenagers. Boon (guitar player) and Phil Gould (drum player), brothers who together along with another drummer, Mark King, formed Level 42. They recruited Mike Lindup (keyboard player). The band still needed a bass player so King agreed to learn. Lindup also played piano and had also taken a course in percussion. The band signed with Elite records in the beginning. Shortly after that they released the single, Love Meeting Love. Polydor Records liked the group and signed them on their label. Wally Badarou was considered to be the bandís unofficial fifth player because he played with them in the studio and later became their co-producer. In 1981, the band released, Love Games, which hit the Top 40 on the charts. A little later they released their self titled debut album and it was successful right away in Europe. The next year they released their second album called, The Pursuit of Accidents. From this album came 2 single hits which made the charts. They were, Weave Your Spell and The Chinese Way. The album also became a big seller. Polydor released some of the bandís earlier tapes when the group was signed with Elite Records. Their fourth album called, Standing In the Light, was released and from it came their first Top 10 hit in the U. K.. The single was The Sun Goes Down Living It Up.
The group continued to record and release albums. In 1994 they released the album, Forever Now, which marked the return of Phil Gould as their drummer and main lyricist. He and King had differences which they decided to put aside so they could continue with their music together. Phil did not go on the road with the band however, because he did not like the way the band was being managed. He was replaced on the tour with drummer Gavin Harrison and Jakko Jakszyk returned to play the guitar for them on the tour and also for tv promotions. It was announced on the tour that the band would split up permanently after the tour.
In 1990, Mark King released a solo single called, Bitter Moon, and followed it with his second solo album called, On Man. Boon Gould wrote the lyrics for the songs on the album. King got the rights to the name, Level 42, and went on along with some friends. Later there was a reunion of the original members of Level 42 and they released a new album in 2006. The group released a total of 11 albums and 20 singles and are still going.
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