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Level 42: This Man's Hands Are Worth £1,000,000

William Shaw, Smash Hits, 23 April 1986

WHY? Because Mark King of Level 42 is widely reckoned to be the best bass guitar player ever. He plays so fast that his thumbs are forever covered in "unsightly" lumps and bumps that threaten to — uuurgh — split on stage, and his fans turn up at concerts with their own hands taped up in sympathy. Cor. And all this from someone who was once savaged by a German sheep dog...

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