Formed in 1980 as an instrumental jazz/funk unit, heavily influenced by the music of Stanley Clarke, this UK band originally comprised Mark King (20 October 1958, Northwood, Isle of Wight, England; bass/vocals), Philip Gould (b. 28 February 1957, Hong Kong; drums), Boon Gould (b. Rowland Charles Gould, 4 March 1955, Shanklin, Isle of Wight, England; guitar) and Mike Lindup (b. 17 March 1959, London, England; keyboards/vocals). By the release of the same years debut single, Love Meeting Love (on the small independent label Elite Records), King was urged to add vocals to give the band a more commercial sound. Keyboard player Wally Badarou also appeared on the single and would go on to stay with the band for several years as an unofficial fifth member.
Level 42s Mike Vernon -produced major label debut album was an exciting collection of funk and modern soul orientated numbers that made the UK Top 20 in 1981. Cashing in on...
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