Level 42's debut album: a Britfunk classic that took slap bass and bent harmonics to a new, uh, level

Level 42's debut album
(Image credit: Level 42)

In August 1981, the release of the eponymous debut album by Level 42 made a serious impact on our world. The band – Mark King (bass/vocals), Mike Lindup (keyboards/ vocals), Phil Gould (drums/vocals) and Boon Gould (guitars) – had already whetted the appetite of their audience with singles including Love Games in March ’81, and a slot on the UK's weekly chart show Top Of The Pops which led to a support tour with The Police.

"I can’t overemphasize how important Top Of The Pops was back then," Mark told us. "There was no MTV or any other satellite music stations [in the UK]: you’re talking about one terrestrial TV channel that played a pop show every Thursday night, and that was it."

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