Phil Gould (musician)
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Phil Gould of Level 42 in San Francisco, California – 1986
|Birth name||Philip Gabriel Gould|
|Born||28 February 1957|
|Instruments||Drums, piano, vocals|
|Associated acts||Level 42, M|
Gould was born in Hong Kong, and studied percussion at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he met keyboardist Mike Lindup. Gould's first foray into the charts came with pop group M, drumming on their single 'Pop Muzik', a number one single in the United States, and No. 2 in the UK. Gould also appeared on Top of the Pops with Roxy Music for their performance of "More Than This" and also in their promo video for this Roxy Music hit.
Together with Mike Lindup, Mark King and Gould's guitarist brother Boon, he formed Level 42 and had several major hits, writing many of the lyrics and co-writing many songs. Their biggest selling albums were World Machine and Running in the Family. In 1987, the Gould brothers left Level 42, Phil citing nervous exhaustion and being unhappy with their new pop sound. Gould became a respected session musician. The single "It's Over" was a fitting end to the siblings' stay in the band.
Gould briefly returned as studio drummer and principal lyricist on 1994's Forever Now album. However, dismayed at what he felt was the record company's ineptitude, he did not go on the road with the band for their Forever Now tour. Having apparently played only one promotional gig, Gould was quickly replaced as live drummer by Gavin Harrison.
In 2007, Gould contributed to the debut album Escapizm by Italian singer Diana Winter, co-writing and producing the tracks 'Rain' and 'Dream Alone', and playing drums. During 2008 new music was expected to be available: with contributions from various artists including Mike Lindup and Wally Badarou. In January 2009, Gould finally released the album Terraforming under the group name of Gould, Brown and Black. The album was initially made available via iTunes with a view to a CD release later in the year. Since November 2013, Gould is busy with the The-Bongo-Saloon project.
With Level 42
- 1981: Level 42
- 1982: Strategy / The Early Tapes
- 1982: The Pursuit of Accidents
- 1983: Standing in the Light
- 1984: True Colours
- 1985: World Machine
- 1987: Running in the Family
- 1994: Forever Now
With Gould, Brown and Black
- 2009: Terraforming
- 2009: Watertight
- Level 42 official website; accessed 26 September 2014.