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Encyclopedia > The Levellers (band)
The Levellers

Origin Brighton, England
Years active 1988–present
Genres Alternative rock, Folk-punk
Labels Musidisc
China Records
Eagle Records
Members Mark Chadwick (1988-present)
Simon Friend (1990-present)
Jeremy Cunningham (1988-present)
Jonathan Sevink (1988-present)
Charlie Heather (1988-present)
Matt Savage (2003-present)
Past members Alan Miles (1989-1990)
David Buckmeister (1988 only)

The Levellers are a popular English band that plays Folk-rock or Indie rock influenced by Punk and traditional English music.They are based in Brighton England where they were founded in 1988. There are several stories regarding how they got their name; from the Levellers, a radically democratic faction of Oliver Cromwells New Model Army, or as a reference to 'The Level', an area of Brighton around a flat triangular green in the centre of hilly Brighton, where members of the band used to live, or simply, according to guitarist, Simon Friend, they got it from a dictionary [1]. Strongly interested and outspoken about green anarchism issues the band have built up a strong and devoted fanbase, despite being nearly universally ignored by mainstream critics. The band have been spokespeople for a number of issues including campaigning against the Criminal Justice Act and various anti-capitalist and environmental issues. They continue to tour extensively around Britain and Europe but maintain a mutual dislike with the music press which stems from their early days. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1891x1534, 380 KB)This is a publicity photo released as part of a press package. ... Statistics Population: 155,919[1] Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: TQ315065 Administration District: Brighton & Hove Region: South East England Constituent country: England Sovereign state: United Kingdom Other Ceremonial county: East Sussex Historic county: Sussex Services Police force: Sussex Police Ambulance service: South East Coast Post office and telephone Post town... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: Multiple unofficial anthems Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister Tony Blair MP Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... The terms alternative rock and alternative music[1] (also simply called alternative) were coined in the 1980s to describe punk rock-inspired bands on independent record labels that didnt fit into the mainstream genres of the time. ... Folk punk, in its most general sense, is a genre (or set of genres) of music that combine elements of folk and punk rock music. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... China Records in London (1986) China Records was a record label founded October 1, 1984 by Derek Green. ... Eagle Records is a record label. ... Bob Dylans folk rock album, Blonde on Blonde Folk rock is a musical genre, combining elements of folk music and rock music. ... Indie rock is a subgenre of rock music often used to refer to bands that are on small independent record labels or that arent on labels at all. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... Music from the United Kingdom has achieved great international popularity since the 1960s, when the British Invasion peaked. ... Statistics Population: 155,919[1] Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: TQ315065 Administration District: Brighton & Hove Region: South East England Constituent country: England Sovereign state: United Kingdom Other Ceremonial county: East Sussex Historic county: Sussex Services Police force: Sussex Police Ambulance service: South East Coast Post office and telephone Post town... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: Multiple unofficial anthems Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister Tony Blair MP Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Levellers were a mid 17th century English political party, who came to prominence during the English Civil Wars. ... Oliver Cromwell (April 25, 1599 – September 3, 1658) was an English military and political leader, considered by some critics to be a dictator, best known for making England a republic and leading the Commonwealth of England. ... The New Model Army became the best known of the various Parliamentarian armies in the English Civil War. ... Green anarchism is a set of related political theories that is derived from philosophical and social movements such as social ecologists, feminism, egoism, situationism, surrealism, the Luddites, Anarcho-primitivism, post- and anti-leftists, indigenous, anti-industrialism, and pre-civilized people. ... The Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 was an act of parliament brought into law by the Parliament of the United Kingdom. ... An anti-capitalist poster printed by the Industrial Workers of the World in 1911. ... Environmentalism is the advocation of preservation, restoration, and/or improvement of the natural environment, such as the control of air pollution. ...

Contents

History

1988-1990

Mark Chadwick and Jeremy Cunningham met in The Eagle, a public house in Brighton known for attracting the more bohemian element of Brighton's residents, in 1988. Mark had just left local glam-metal act The Soup Dragons (not the 1990s indie act of the same name) and Jeremy was trying to sell his bass guitar in the pub, having become disillusioned with the music world. Statistics Population: 155,919[1] Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: TQ315065 Administration District: Brighton & Hove Region: South East England Constituent country: England Sovereign state: United Kingdom Other Ceremonial county: East Sussex Historic county: Sussex Services Police force: Sussex Police Ambulance service: South East Coast Post office and telephone Post town... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In popular music, indie music (from independent) is any of a number of genres, scenes, subcultures and stylistic and cultural attributes, characterised by perceived independence from commercial pop music and mainstream culture and an autonomous, do-it-yourself (DIY) approach. ... Martin EB18 Bass Guitar in flight case. ...


Discovering that they had a lot in common, including a left wing view of politics and a love of being drunk, they decided to try and reinvigorate their interest in music by forming a new band. Jeremy knew Charlie Heather through their previous band, The Fence, where he had proved himself a skilled but not too showy drummer. He was promptly recruited to this new band.


With Mark on guitar and lead vocals, Jeremy on bass guitar and Charlie on drums, it was decided that something extra was needed to make for a more interesting sound. Jeremy was keen to have a violin player on board as he was impressed by the sound of local angry-folk favourites McDermott's 2 Hours. Jon Sevink, the brother of Mark's girlfriend, was brought in to play the violin, adding a more melodic element to the band's Sex Pistols-esque sound. Mark's flatmate "Bucky" was also brought in to play the guitar, but lost interest in the band fairly quickly and left afer a few months. Different kinds of guitars The guitar is a fretted and stringed musical instrument, used in a wide variety of musical styles, and is also widely known as a solo classical instrument. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... The Sex Pistols were an iconic and highly influential English punk band, formed in London in 1975. ...


Mark and Jeremy penned the songs that would become part of their first recordings (the audio-cassettes "An Agreement of the People" and "All the Free Commons of England" sold at gigs throughout 1988/89) and the band set off touring Brighton and beyond. They soon built up a large and dedicated live following with their raucous shows; a group of fans known as the "happy hitchers" would hitch-hike around the country, following the band from gig to gig and busking or begging for ticket money. Hitchhiker in Luxembourg, 1977 Hitchhiking (also called lifting, thumbing or hitching, Thumb up a ride) is a form of transport, in which the traveller tries to get a lift (ride) from another traveller, usually a car or truck driver or occasionally even a motorcycle driver. ...


The first EP recording by the band was put out in 1989. Carry Me which contained the fan favourites Carry Me and England My Home was a comparatively big hit, even getting Radio 2 airplay for the title track (despite the swearing in Carry Me which apparently went unnoticed). In order to play Carry Me live, the band realised they needed to bring in an extra person to play the harmonica as Mark couldn't play the guitar and harmonica parts simultaneously. They recruited Alan Miles to the band to play harmonica as well as guitar and mandolin. Alan also provided backing vocals for the band, being an able singer unlike Jeremy and Jon. The lineup of the Levellers solidified as Mark, Jeremy, Jon, Charlie and Alan, releasing the next EP Outside/Inside and touring with this roster throughout 1989 and most of 1990. To swear can mean either to make an oath, or to utter profanity. ... Wikibooks has a book on the topic of Harmonica A harmonica is a free reed musical wind instrument (also known, among other things, as a mouth organ or mouth harp, Hobo Harp, French harp, tin sandwich, lickin stick, blues harp, simply harp, or Mississippi saxophone), having multiple, variably-tuned brass... Carved and round backed mandolins (front) A mandolin is a small, plucked, stringed musical instrument, descended from the mandora. ...


After successfully releasing the two previous EPs on their own Hag label in 1989, a short lived contract was signed with French record label Musidisc. Their debut album "A Weapon Called the Word" was released on Musidisc in 1990 and has since become one of the few albums to go platinum without ever charting. Unfortunately, the first single from the album, World Freak Show had too few copies printed by Musidisc; the record selling out but without sufficient copies existing for the song to chart.


1990-1994

After an acrimonious split with Musidisc, the Levellers were discovered by Derek Green (the man responsible for signing the Sex Pistols) and signed to China Records. China Records in London (1986) China Records was a record label founded October 1, 1984 by Derek Green. ...


At this point, Alan became disenchanted by the Levellers' communist approach to money - all of the band's earnings being put together in a fund from which the members were paid the same amount every day. After being refused more money to buy food one day (having spend his day's allowance elsewhere) Alan quit the band. Finding themselves suddenly short of one member, the Levellers' manager called Simon Friend, a young singer-songwriter and at that time a roadie for New Model Army, who had played some acoustic support slots for the band in the past. Simon accepted the invitation to join the band, despite it meaning turning down a chance to be the guitarist for New Model Army. This article is about communism as a form of society and as a political movement. ... The New Model Army became the best known of the various Parliamentarian armies in the English Civil War. ...


1991 saw the release of their second album; "Levelling the Land", which was a massive success, entering the charts at number 14. The anthemic single "One Way" despite not bothering the Top 40, became a popular song and live favourite for years to come among the travelling and indie community. Levelling the Land is often viewed as an all time classic amongst people who were students or travellers in the early 1990s. The Levellers' began to sound more of a well-rounded folk-rock band with the addition of Simon's multi-instrumental skill and the improvements in musicianship amongst all of the band. Whereas All The Free Commons of England sounded like the Sex Pistols with a fiddle player, and A Weapon Called the Word sounded more like gentle indie-rock, Levelling the Land had a well-rounded sound including punk-rock tracks Liberty Song and Battle of the Beanfield, folk ballads The Boatman and The Road and folk-rock crossover tracks like The Riverflow and Another Man's Cause. Simon's distinctively gravelly voice added depth and volume in backing up Mark's vocals and he began the tradition of taking lead vocals on a couple of tracks per album. Mark's singing also improved from the gruff shouted vocals of their early EPs to a fine melodic singing voice. The band also landed a U.S. deal with Electra, although they have since failed to make much impression in the USA. A disastrous tour of the USA in the early 1990s left the band disillusioned with America and the long haul journeys and lukewarm local receptions endured by touring bands. New age travellers or Peace Convoy are a peculiarly British social phenomenon consisting of people who often espouse New age and Neopagan beliefs, and who travel between music festivals and fairs in order to live in a community with others who hold similar beliefs. ... In popular music, indie music (from independent) is any of a number of genres, scenes, subcultures and stylistic and cultural attributes, characterised by perceived independence from commercial pop music and mainstream culture and an autonomous, do-it-yourself (DIY) approach. ... Bob Dylans folk rock album, Blonde on Blonde Folk rock is a musical genre, combining elements of folk music and rock music. ... United States is the current Good Article Collaboration of the week! Please help to improve this article to the highest of standards. ...


Throughout 1992 the band enjoyed a series of successful tours, particularly their debut on one of the main stages of the Glastonbury Festival (although they'd played the travellers' area previously). Mixing tracks from their first two LPs with a couple of more obscure songs (like the rock/spoken word crossover Dance Before the Storm) and a storming high speed cover of Charlie Daniels' The Devil Went Down to Georgia, the Levellers popular performance secured their place on the large Pyramid Stage for their famous 1994 set (despite jokingly calling Glastonbury owner Michael Eavis a "cunt" over the PA system when they heard he didn't like swearing). The band also scored a chart hit with the "15 Years EP", a track which was added to later repressings of Levelling the Land due to its popularity. The Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, commonly abbreviated to Glastonbury Festival or Glasto, is the largest [1] greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world. ... Charlie Daniels performed at a USO concert at Camp Victory, Iraq on April 10, 2005 Charles Edward Daniels (born October 28, 1936 in Wilmington, North Carolina) is an American country music, Southern rock, and jazz singer, fiddler, and guitarist. ... Michael Eavis (born October 17, 1935) is a British dairy farmer most famous as the founder of the Glastonbury Festival. ...


The Levellers generally consider 1993 to be a bad year for the band. Jeremy was becoming dependent on heroin, having first taken the drug as an alternative to his growing alcoholism. Feeling overworked and unmotivated the band nevertheless felt obliged to try and write a new record to capitalise on their growing popularity. The creative process was not particularly enjoyable for any of the band who were drifting apart as friends and commuting to the recording studio to lay down the tracks for the album. Suffering writer's block, the band filled space on the new album by covering Dirty Davey (an early track by McDermott's 2 Hours) and recording an old track originally written by Simon while he was still at school (Is This Art?). The generally gloomy atmosphere that surrounded the band is reflected in the darker tone of the resulting eponymous album (Levellers). Despite the band's dislike of the album, it was a huge hit, giving the Levellers an instant number one in the album charts. In fact, Levellers contains a number of songs that have stood the test of time as fan favourites, with the negativity felt by the band giving an appropriate emotional tone to the aggressive 100 Years of Solitude (which manages to namecheck just about everything the Levellers considered wrong with the world, from Exxon to the NME) and the melancholy Julie (which Jeremy wrote about the experiences of a heroin addicted girl). Exxon Mobil Corporation or ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM), headquartered in Irving, Texas, is an oil producer and distributor formed on November 30, 1999, by the merger of Exxon and Mobil. ... The New Musical Express (better known as the NME) is a music magazine in the UK which has been published weekly since March 1952. ...


1994-2006

1994 saw the Levellers really hit the big time, as their appearance at the Glastonbury Festival attracted the biggest stagefront crowd that the event had ever seen. The Levellers and their friends had spent the morning flyering the crowds at Glastonbury to advertise their later show and, having already become favourites with independent music fans and travellers across the country, this tactic paid off when the crowds surged to the pyramid stage to see the band. Their performance, which finished with festival favourite One Way, was a massive hit with the crowd and is constantly referred to as a high point of the band's career. Their landmark performance of One Way was recently included on a video of Glastonbury's finest moments and is available online [2] 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... The Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, commonly abbreviated to Glastonbury Festival or Glasto, is the largest [1] greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world. ...


1994 also saw the band buy an old factory in Brighton and turn it into a recording studio where they could record new songs in their own way while avoiding all the hassle of commercial studios. The resulting album, Zeitgeist, was another huge hit, sailing to the top of the album charts. This album also got the Levellers their first Top of The Pops appearance, playing the tongue-in-cheek drinking anthem Just The One while dressed in tuxedos. Top of the Pops was a long-running British music chart television programme and indeed the longest-running music show in the world shown each week on BBC and now licensed for national versions around the world. ...


In 2003 they set up their own festival called "Beautiful Days" which takes place in East Devon, England in August. Their most recent album is called "Truth and Lies" . The Beautiful Days is a music festival that takes place in August at Escot Park, Ottery St Mary, Devon. ...


The band are still a hard working live act, selling out venues and festivals all over Europe each year. The band remain supporters of anarchist and green issues, and are also strong supporters of the Brighton music scene by owning their own studio and rehearsal space in which they record and produce all their albums, as well as allowing use of their facilities for many other local bands and musicians. The Levellers' festival success also continued in 2005 when, despite the continued lack of attention by the music press, the band played to the biggest ever stagefront crowd at the Jazzworld stage of the Glastonbury Festival. World map showing Europe Political map (neighbouring countries in Asia and Africa also shown) Europe is one of the seven traditional continents of the Earth. ... Anarchism is a generic term describing various political philosophies and social movements that advocate the elimination of hierarchy and imposed authority. ... Green politics is a body of political ideas informed by environmentalism aimed at developing a sustainable society. ... The Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, commonly abbreviated to Glastonbury Festival or Glasto, is the largest [1] greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world. ...


The Levellers remain a hardworking and hard-touring band who constantly gig around Europe and the UK. They also tour with an acoustic set under the name of Drunk in Public. Drunk in Public play a lively, energtic acoustic set of Levellers' classics, Rev Hammer's back catalogue and covers in smaller, intimate venues. The line-up includes Mark Chadwick, John Sevink, Simon Friend and solo-artist and friend of the band Rev Hammer. Although mostly ignored by the media, the Levellers have built up a large, committed group of followers, and a significant online presence such as the Levellers' alternative message boards.


Members

The Levellers - current lineup circa 2006. Front: Mark, Jeremy. Middle: Simon, Charlie. Back: Matt, Jon.
The Levellers - current lineup circa 2006. Front: Mark, Jeremy. Middle: Simon, Charlie. Back: Matt, Jon.
  • Mark Chadwick (vocals, guitar, harmonica)
  • Simon Friend (1990 to present: guitar, banjo, vocals, mandolin, harmonica)
  • Jeremy Cunningham (bass guitar, vocals)
  • Charlie Heather (drums)
  • Jon Sevink (fiddle)
  • Matt Savage (2003 to present: keyboards, backing vocals)

Sometimes supported by Stephen Boakes (swampy) (didgeridoo). Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1920x2216, 2063 KB)This is a press-release photo by Iona Bateman This is a copyrighted image that has been released by a company or organization to promote their work or product in the media, such as advertising material or a... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1920x2216, 2063 KB)This is a press-release photo by Iona Bateman This is a copyrighted image that has been released by a company or organization to promote their work or product in the media, such as advertising material or a...


Ex Members

  • David Buckmeister (guitar) appeared in the first line-up of the Levellers in 1988 but left after a few months.
  • Alan Miles (guitar, mandolin, vocals) joined the Levellers on guitar and backing vocals in 1989, appearing on record on the album "A Weapon Called the Word". Replaced with Simon Friend in 1990.

Solo Recordings and Side Projects

  • Simon Friend had worked on one previous solo recording prior to joining the band: a demo cassette called "Hérne an Cara" which contained eight tracks - recorded mainly at Dog Kennel Studios in November '89, but some were recorded earlier, in August of 1989, at his home. Three of these tracks became Levellers songs on the next album, and three more were recorded for albums after. The Levellers versions have slightly altered lyrics, and sound quite different. These tracks include Battle of the Beanfield, Social Insecurity, Is it art? (Renamed Is This Art? later), Cardboard Box City, Another Man's Cause, and finally To Be A Freeman (Later becoming The Boatman). Other tracks on this tape that have never been re-recorded are Danny's Road and The Deceiver. Although this tape was intended to be private, and never to be released, there are occasionally copies sold on eBay. No copies have been uploaded to the internet, however, probably due to the respect of the fans owning a copy of this tape.
  • Jeremy Cunningham and Charlie Heather have recently worked with McDermott's 2 Hours, playing bass and percussion respectively on McDermott's albums The World Turned Upside Down, Claws and Wings and Disorder.
  • In 1991 the Levellers acted as session band on Rev Hammer's recording Industrial Sound and Magic and still often support Rev Hammer in live performances.

Discography

Albums

  • A Weapon Called The Word (April 1990)
  • Levelling The Land (October 1991)
  • The Levellers (September 1993)
  • Zeitgeist (August 1995)
  • Headlights, White Lines, Black Tar Rivers (Best Live) (August 1996)
  • Mouth to Mouth (August 1997)
  • One Way of Life (October 1998)
  • Hello Pig (September 2000)
  • Special Brew (May 2001)
  • Green Blade Rising (September 2002)
  • Truth and Lies (May 2005)

This article is about the year. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Singles

  • Carry Me (5/1989)
  • Outside/Inside (10/1989)
  • World Freak Show (5/1990)
  • Together All The Way (10/1990)
  • One Way (16/9/1991) 51
  • Far From Home (2/12/1991) 71
  • 15 Years (18/5/1992) 11
  • Belaruse (5/7/1993) 12
  • This Garden (25/10/1993) 12
  • Julie (9/5/1994) 17
  • Hope St. (7/8/1995) 12
  • Fantasy (9/10/1995) 16
  • Just The One (18/12/1995) 12
  • Exodus (Live) (5/7/1996) 24
  • What A Beautiful Day (4/8/1997) 13
  • Celebrate (13/10/1997) 28
  • Dog Train (15/12/1997) 24
  • Too Real (9/3/1998) 46
  • Bozos (19/10/1998) 44
  • One Way '99 (1/2/1999) 33
  • Happy Birthday Revolution (9/12/2000) 57
  • Come On (16/9/2000) 44
  • Wild As Angels (13/1/2003) 34
  • Make U Happy (18/4/2005) 38
  • Last Man Alive (12/12/2005)

Videos and DVDs

  • Headlights, White Lines and Black Tar Rivers (Best Live) (August 1996) - a recording of a live gig at the Empress Ballroom, Blackpool, England. (VHS only)
  • One Way of Life - The Best of the Levellers (October 1998) - Collection of videos to the band's singles
  • Chaos Theory (October 2006) - Recording of a live gig at Reading Hexagon plus extras including acoustic performances with Nick Burbridge, Maddy Prior and Rev Hammer and a tribute to the Clash with Billy Bragg.

Steeleye Span is a British folk-rock band that has been active since 1970. ... The Clash were an English rock group active from 1976 to 1986. ... Stephen William Bragg (born December 20, 1957), known as Billy Bragg, is a British musician known for his blend of folk, punk-rock, and protest music, and his poetic lyrics dealing with political as well as romantic themes. ...

Notes and References

  1. ^ Simon Friend explaining the origins of the band's name: Simon Friend interview at the Hebredian Celtic Festival
  2. ^ The Levellers play One Way to the biggest every stagefront crowd at Glastonbury: [1]

See also

The Wonder Stuff are a band originally based in Stourbridge, West Midlands, in the Black Country, England. ... New Model Army are a British rock band. ... The Outcast Band were an alternative roots rock band from Surrey, England who notched up over 500 live shows around the UK and Europe across their 5 year lifespan from 1991 to 1996. ... 3 Daft Monkeys 3 Daft Monkeys are a world-influenced acoustic band from Cornwall, UK, consisting of Tim Ashton, Athene Roberts, and Jamie Waters who combine vocals, fiddle, 12-string guitar, bass guitar and foot drum. ...

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