The Pursuit of Accidents is the third studio album released by the jazz/funk British musical group Level 42, in 1982. It was issued on CD in 1985. It was re-issued on CD in 2000 as part of a two disc set with the album "Standing In The Light", and again in 2007 as a stand alone disc. The album reached #17 on the UK album charts.

The album features three singles. The first single "Are You Hearing (What I Hear)?" peaked at #49; the second, "Weave Your Spell", peaked at #43. The third single was "The Chinese Way", and became the band's second top forty hit when it reached #24 in 1983. It was issued in five countries beyond the United Kingdom, including Ireland, Germany and United States of America.

Track listing[edit] Edit

  1. "Weave Your Spell" (Lindup / King / P. Gould) – 5:30
  2. "The Pursuit Of Accidents" (Badarou / King / Lindup / P. Gould) – 7:44
  3. "Last Chance" (P.Gould / King / Lindup) – 4:30
  4. "Are You Hearing" (What I Hear)? (King / P. Gould / R. Gould) – 4:58
  5. "You Can't Blame Louis" (King /P. Gould/ Badarou) – 5:05
  6. "Eyes Waterfalling" (King / P. Gould / Lindup /R. Gould) – 5:58
  7. "Shapeshifter" (King) – 5:09
  8. "The Chinese Way" (King / P. Gould / Badarou) – 5:53
  9. "The Chinese Way (extended John Luongo remix) 7:23 – included on the 1985 CD issue
  10. "You Can't Blame Louis (extended remix) 6:14 – included on the 1985 CD issue

Personnel[edit] Edit

  • Mark King – vocals, bass guitar, keyboard additions, percussion
  • Mike Lindup – vocals, Prophet 5, Minimoog, acoustic & electric pianos, percussion
  • Boon Gould – guitars
  • Phil Gould – drums, percussion, Roland Rhythm Composer, backing vocals


  • Wally Badarou – Prophet 5, Solina String Ensemble
  • Pete Wingfield – Clarinet on "Are You Hearing (What I Hear)?"
  • Pete Jacobson – Jupiter 4 on "Last Chance

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