7 of the greatest Level 42 songs

30 March 2018, 17:32 | Updated: 5 April 2018, 16:34

Mark King of Level 42

Level 42 were one of the most popular soft rock bands of the 1980s, selling millions of records worldwide.

Led by singer Mark King and the Gould brothers Phil and Rowland, the band had many hit singles, and here we've picked our very favourites:

1. 'Lessons in Love'

This was Level 42's biggest hit single, reaching number three in the UK and number 12 in the US.

It was also the second biggest hit across all of Europe in 1986.

2. 'Something About You'

The band wasn’t sure that this song was good enough for the album, as it had a more commercial sound and glossier production than their previous jazz funk recordings. However, it became their first and biggest hit in America.

In the video, Mark King appears as a dark clown magician, representing the negative aspects in the relationships of Mike Lindup, Phil and Boon Gould with their girlfriends, all played by actress Cherie Lunghi.

3. 'Love Games'

Released in 1981, this was Level 42's debut single from their debut album.

It just about broke into the UK top 40 at number 38. Sacrilege!

4. 'It's Over'

This song features the narrator coldly breaking up with his partner without saying goodbye, but with just a note left on the wall, even though they gave them “everything”. Ouch.

Interestingly, the single release was one of the first examples of a CD video single (CD-V). Remember those?

5. 'Leaving Me Now'

This ballad about an end of a relationship, contains a piano solo by Mike Lindup in the middle and at the end, though this is edited down for the single edit.

The album saw the band move on from their original pure jazz-funk sound towards a much more mainstream pop-soul style. And it worked!

6. 'Running in the Family'

This was the second of four singles from the same album to reach the UK top 10 from Level 42.

The song details the singer and his brother running away from home, only to be caught by a police officer and driven home by their disappointed father. The singer also laments how one person’s actions and traits usually happen to their children.

7. 'Children Say'

This was the final single to be taken from their huge album Running in the Family.

The video was the first of Level 42's not to feature the brothers Phil and Boon Gould, who had recently left the band.