Hot Water – Level 42 (1984)


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An individual, limited edition, example of vinyl art made from a genuine, original, 45rpm, 7” single featuring the  single, Hot Water by Level 42. The record was released in 1984, on the Polydor record label and has been reworked into the shape of a rubber Hot Water Bottle.

A great framed gift for a friend or family member who is a fan of Level 42, Bedtime, or has a special memory linked to the song.

Presented in a black wooden box frame
Limited Edition of 100, signed and numbered by myself, the artist

Title: Hot Water
Media Artist/s: Level 42
Record Label: Polydor
Medium: Mixed media, hand cut from an original 7″ vinyl single
Era: 1980s
Genre: Funk / Soul / Jazz Funk

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Additional information about this, Level 42 vinyl art.

Level 42 – The Artist

Level 42 are an English Jazz Funk band formed on the Isle of Wight in 1979. The original band was made up of Mark King (bass guitar, percussion), Mark Lindup (keyboards, percussion), Boon Gould (guitar, saxophone) and Phil Gould (drums).  Mark King studied the thumb-slap bass guitar technique and developed his own take on the style which became a hall mark of the band. Initially a jazz funk fusion instrumental band they quickly developed their style adding vocals and became very popular in the 70s and 80s. The name of the band is a reference to the novel The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, in which “42” is the answer to “the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything.” After much success as a live and studio band in the 1980s, Level 42’s commercial profile diminished during the early 1990s following a series of personnel changes and musical shifts. After disbanding in 1994, the band reformed in 2001.

Hot Water – The Song

‘Hot Water’ is a song released in 1984 by the British jazz funk group Level 42. It was written and composed by Mark King, Mike Lindup, Phil Gould and Wally Badarou.  It was released a couple of weeks before the album True Colours. The single reached #18 on the UK Singles Chart and was a top ten hit in the Netherlands and Norway. The song was produced by Ken Scott.

The Hot Water Bottle  – The Shape

This record has been modelled into a modern day rubber hot water bottle. A hot-water bottle is a bottle filled with hot water and sealed with a stopper, used to provide warmth, typically while in bed, but also for the application of heat to a specific part of the body. Containers for warmth in bed were in use as early as the 16th century. The earliest versions contained hot coals from the dying embers of the fire, and these bed warmers were used to warm the bed before getting into it. Containers using hot water were soon also used, with the advantage that they could remain in the bed with the sleeper. Prior to the invention of rubber that could withstand sufficient heat, these early hot-water bottles were made of a variety of materials, such as zinc, copper, brass, glass, earthenware or wood. To prevent burning, the metal hot water flasks were wrapped in a soft cloth bag. Nowadays modern rubber hotter bottle have thick cotton covers or a protective cover moulded into the rubber.

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Weight 1030 g
Dimensions 25 × 4.5 × 25 cm
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