Favorite band growing up was by far…Level 42. Just a bit obscure. A little rock/pop/funk with some jazz. Maybe that’s why I liked it. I truly fell for the band the first time I heard one of their songs. The band just has solid musicians. One unique thing is that Mark King is the lead singer and the bass player. The only other band (of big name recognition) who has the similar set up (Bass player/lead singer) that I can think of would be RUSH with Getty Lee. Here is a clip of Mark King doing what he does best. Playing bass in a solo the rolling into a full band number with bass solo.
This is the kind of band I’d like to play in and I’d play the bass.