The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up)

"The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up)" is a single released in 1983 by the musical group Level 42. It is one of the few songs by the group which featured Mike Lindup on lead vocals (although Mark King did contribute as lead vocalist on this track). After the success of "The Chinese Way", and of the album The Pursuit of Accidents, this song featured on the newly released Standing in the Light album. The first single from the album, "Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind", did not obtain the expected success for the recording and for the members of the band, leaving the whole expectation for the second single, The Sun Goes Down.

"The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up)"
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Single by Level 42
from the album Standing in the Light
B-side"Can't Walk You Home"
FormatCD, Vinyl single, Cassette
GenreJazz-funk, new wave
LabelFontana Polydor
Songwriter(s)Mike Lindup/Mark King/Phil Gould/Wally Badarou
Producer(s)Larry Dunn, Verdine White
Level 42 singles chronology
"Out of Sight, Out of Mind"
"The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up)"

The song was outstanding in the career of the band, and it became a classic. Reaching No. 10 in the UK charts in the summer of 1983, it became their first single to reach the top ten. It was included later in the collection Level Best, and features on other compilation albums released by the band.


The A side was produced by Larry Dunn, and Verdine White.[1]


  • Original Release:

UK (Polydor; POSP 622) Picture sleeve
Side A: 3:44 "The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up)"
Side B: 4:16 "Can't Walk You Home"