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Level 42: Living It Down

Chris Salewicz, Face, The, November 1983

IN THE HITCHHIKERS Guide To The Galaxy the number 42 is revealed as the clue to The I Meaning Of Life. This is the origin of Level 42's name, indicating a droll sense of humour not immediately apparent in their music, no matter how spirited the playing. But what is the source of their popularity? Are they merely a High Street brand of jazz-funk? Yet another British group who've co-opted (ripped off?) a black American form?

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