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There have been only a handful of singer-bassists in rock music. Of course, that group includes many greats – Sting, Paul McCartney, Roger Waters, Jack Bruce of Cream, Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy, soul singer Me’Shell Ndgeocello – but why isn’t it more common? Because it’s effin’ hard, that’s why. Bassists often have to play rhythms that run counter to the melody they are singing; it’s like patting your head and rubbing your stomach but a thousand times more difficult. That’s what makes Level 42 frontman Mark King so amazing. He’s not only a very good singer, but he’s arguably the greatest slap bass virtuoso ever. After the ubiquitous “Something About You,” 1986’s “Lessons in Love” was the band’s second-biggest hit.

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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.