Level 42 ‎– Starchild

Polydor ‎– POSPX 343
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM

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Track durations are not provided on the record.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, A-side, stamped): POSPX 343 A DM POLYGRAM 603 TOWNHOUSE
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, B-side, stamped): POSPX 343 B DM POLYGRAM 603 TOWNHOUSE

Other Versions (5 of 15) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
POSP 343, 2059 415 Level 42 Starchild(7") Polydor, Polydor POSP 343, 2059 415 UK 1981 Sell This Version
2059 415 Level 42 Starchild(7", Single) Polydor 2059 415 Germany 1981 Sell This Version
PD D 520 Level 42 Starchild(12", TP) Polydor PD D 520 US 1981 Sell This Version
PD 2207 Level 42 Starchild(7") Polydor PD 2207 US 1981 Sell This Version
2141 436 Level 42 Starchild(12", EP, RE) Polydor 2141 436 Netherlands 1987 Sell This Version


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August 18, 2017
edited over 2 years ago

The "UK" release of this remix/long version is actually a French pressing in a UK picture sleeve, some of which came with a small "Made in UK" sticker on the picture sleeve. The record itself, (vinyl, stamper, label material and finish) is clearly a French pressing and it says so on the label. This was not the first time they did this. Same deal with the UK 12"s of Rapture / Blondie and Spasticus Autisticus / Ian Dury. They are French pressings inside UK picture sleeves, some of which came with a small "Made in UK" sticker on the picture sleeve. Anyone who is not blind can see that the actual vinyl records were pressed in France.


November 23, 2016
edited over 2 years ago
Jesus, I thought I had audiophile issues/tendencies... I personally couldn't give a rats tail about the material used for the centre labels- I have this release & its a brilliant clean & loud cut. As the band are from the UK, this is my preferred 12", regardless.


May 15, 2013
edited over 6 years ago
From a Level 42 fan's position they don't get any better than this Mike handles to vocals to perfection + keyboards and xylophone, Phil's drums as usual to die for I winder if Andy White had Phil as a hero? and Mark on Bass well says it all our own Stanley Turentine. Boons lead and rhythm just swing this along nicely.

From a Discographer's point of view the pressing of POSPX 343 is a nightmare. I never received a DJ Promo copy of this and have never seen one (would have been the bulk standard Phonogram pressing with black 1 and 2 on white blanks from Walthamstow: Flexi, straight edge, and the scrim cut off centre).

Why was this track punished with the vile and fugly Red-brown Painted I.E.P.s from Phonogram in France, As far as I am aware and in 30+ years have never seen a UK Polydor paper label pressing of this. So please correct me if you have got either or both UK pressings with Paper Labels.

Clearly the Polygram New York USA paper label pressing leaves the French pressed IEP in the toilet as a po-pori bowl.

+ the USA sonics @ 33.3 will be superior shame it didn't have the UK designed sleeve. But hey-ho a paper label over an IEP for me anytime.

IEP (Integral Embossed and Painted).