Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Somewhere to Live It Up

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Somewhere to Live It Up

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During the 1980s, pop band Level 42 commanded the UK charts with hits such as Living It Up, The Sun Goes Down and Lessons in Love.

The band were unloved by the serious UK music press but nevertheless sold 31 million albums worldwide during their three decades in the charts and still have a devoted fanbase today.

Level 42's most notable musician is lead vocalist and bassist Mark King, who was then - and remains today - one of the world's best slap-bassists.

Mark Many fans turn up to gigs today just to see his instrumental antics onstage, and one YouTube video of his bass playing has been viewed more than 1.8 million times.

Mark most famously had his right thumb - which is instrumental in slap-bass playing - insured for £3m by his record company during the band's 1980s heyday. …

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