Parachute pants, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Growing Pains, L.A. Gear, Breakfast Club....what do all of these have in common? They all helped define the 80s. Come take a fun "Journey" with me as we revisit the totally radical decade.
There's lots of great bands that just don't get much attention. For me, Level 42 is one of those 80s groups that have been grossly under-appreciated and underrated.
Up until 1984, the band gained fame only in the UK and in Europe. There's big breakout album was 1985's World Machine. I, like many people, first heard of Level 42 when their top 10 single "Something About You" rocketed up the charts.
Their sound was a mix of some funky-jazz, laced with a a little R&B and pop. I do believe the band, musically, stood out. Lead singer and bass guitarist Mark King. He has this slapping technique that is just amazing to hear. I'm pretty sure there's some stuff on YouTube of King slapping the hell out of a bass guitar like there's nobody's business.
In 1986, they had another hit, "Lessons In Love." This song went #1 all over the world.
Other than the band's musical quality, I think their lyrics are poetically profound. Here's a snippet from "Lessons In Love"
For restless eyes egos burn
and the mold is hard to break
now we've waded in too deep
and love is overboard
heavy hearts token words
all the hopes I ever had
fade like footprints in the sand
Unfortunately, the music video is 80s-cheese. LOL!