Something About You (Level 42 song)

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"Something About You"
Something About You cover.jpg
Single by Level 42
from the album World Machine
B-side"Coup D'etat" (Version)
ReleasedSeptember 1985 [1]
GenreNew wave,[2] synth-pop[3]
Length4:27 (Album Version)
3:44 (7"/Video Version)
7:40 (12" Sisa Mix)
LabelPolydor - POSP 759
Songwriter(s)Mike Lindup, Phil Gould, Mark King, Rowland Gould, Wally Badarou
Producer(s)Wally Badarou and Level 42
Level 42 singles chronology
"A Physical Presence EP"
"Something About You"
"Leaving Me Now"

"Something About You" is a single released by British band Level 42 in 1985, in advance of its inclusion on the album World Machine the same year. The song was written by Mark King, Mike Lindup, Phil Gould, Boon Gould, and Wally Badarou.


"Something About You" was released in several countries beyond the United Kingdom, including United States, Germany, Italy, Canada, and many countries of South America and Asia. It is the only Level 42 song to be a top 10 hit in the United States, where it reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and it is their second top 10 hit in the United Kingdom, reaching #6 on the UK Singles Chart. The single was certified gold in Canada in 1986.

"Something About You" appears in many Level 42 collections: Level Best, The Very Best of Level 42, and The Definitive Collection.

"Something About You" also appears on the PC version of Grand Theft Auto IV, on the Vice City FM radio station.

Music video[edit]

The music video of "Something About You", which uses the shorter single version, is directed by Stuart Orme, who also directed videos for the Level 42 songs "Lessons in Love" and "Running in the Family" (appearing in their video album Family of Five released in 1987), as well as Phil Collins and Genesis.

Mark King appears as a dark clown magician, representing the negative aspects in the relationships of Mike Lindup, Phil and Boon Gould with their girlfriends, all played by actress Cherie Lunghi.[4]

Chart performance[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Level 42 singles".
  2. ^ Jisi, Chris (1 August 2010). "Royal Return: Mark King Leads Level 42 On Its 30th Anniversary Comeback". Archived from the original on 3 February 2014.. Guitar Player.
  3. ^ Hermann, Andy (25 January 2017). "10 Underrated '80s Bands You Need to Hear Now". L.A. Weekly.
  4. ^ "Lunghi plays love interest in music video".
  5. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". 2014-07-22. Retrieved 2019-05-26.
  6. ^ "LEVEL 42 – SOMETHING ABOUT YOU" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  7. ^ "LEVEL 42 – SOMETHING ABOUT YOU". Top 40 Singles.
  8. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  9. ^ "LEVEL 42 Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  10. ^ "LEVEL 42 Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard.
  11. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 139.
  12. ^ "CASH BOX Top 100 Singles – Week ending June 7, 1986". Archived from the original on 2 October 2012. Retrieved 2018-08-24.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link). Cash Box magazine.
  13. ^ "Top 100 1985 - UK Music Charts". Retrieved 2019-05-26.
  14. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1986/Top 100 Songs of 1986". Retrieved 2019-05-26.
  15. ^ "The CASH BOX Year-End Charts: 1986". Archived from the original on 2 October 2012. Retrieved 2018-08-24.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link). Cash Box magazine.