Lessons in Love – Level 42 (1986)


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An individual, limited edition, example of vinyl art made from a genuine, original, 45rpm, 7” single featuring the  single, Lessons in Love by Level 42. The record was released in 1986, on the Polydor record label and has been reworked into the shape of a teachers mortarboard hat.

A great framed gift for a friend or family member who is a fan of Level 42, Jazz funk, Slap Bass, Teaching, Romance, 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: Lessons in Love
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.

Lessons in Love – The Song

‘Lessons in Love’ is a single from the English band Level 42, released in 1986 from the album Running in the Family, issued one year later. This single is the band’s biggest hit in the UK, where it reached number three on the Singles Chart, and internationally, entering the top 10 in numerous countries, reaching the number-one spot in five of them: Spain, Germany, South Africa, Switzerland, and Finland. “Lessons in Love” is also one of the few singles from the band that broke into the US Billboard Hot 100, where it reached number 12 in 1987. It is the first of five singles from their 1987 album, Running in the Family, and it made way for the success of other singles from the album.

The Mortarboard Hat  – The Shape

This record is modelled into an academic cap or Mortarboard hat. This squared shaped hat is part of Academic dress which is a traditional form of clothing for academic settings, mainly tertiary (and sometimes secondary) education, worn mainly by those who have obtained a university degree (or similar), or hold a status that entitles them to assume them. The square academic cap, graduate cap, cap, mortarboard (because of its similarity in appearance to the mortarboard used by brickmasons to hold mortar or Oxford cap, is an item of academic dress consisting of a horizontal square board fixed upon a skull-cap, with a tassel attached to the centre. In the UK and the US, it is commonly referred to informally in conjunction with an academic gown as a “cap and gown”. The cap, together with the gown and sometimes a hood, now form the customary uniform of a university graduate in many parts of the world, following a British model. In reality teachers themselves really wore a mortarboard but are often portrayed wearing such hats in comics and book illustrations.

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Weight 1030 g
Dimensions 25 × 4.5 × 25 cm
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