What a Beautiful Day
Number one and gold-selling album 'Zeitgeist' followed in 1995. The third single released from this album took the Levellers to their first Top of The Pops appearance, playing the tongue-in-cheek drinking anthem Just The One whilst dressed in tuxedos. Just The One was specially re-recorded for the single release with The Clash's legendary frontman and long time Levellers hero, Joe Strummer guesting on honky tonk piano.
Another extensive tour of Europe and the UK in the later part of 1995 culminated in a one-off Christmas Freakshow at Sheffield Arena in December which was recorded by the BBC.
The 1995 Total Chaos tour came to an end in February 1996 at Blackpool's Empress Ballroom with a show that was filmed for the video release, Best Live: Headlights White Lines And Black Tar Rivers, which came out as an album and video later that year. It was a compilation rather than a "greatest hits" package. The album reached a respectable number 13 in the UK album charts.
The band explored alternative guitar pop on 1997's Mouth to Mouth, which featured the single What A Beautiful Day. This catchy slice of pop rock has since become a firm live favourite, reaching out far beyond the Levellers' traditional fanbase and helping to form the name of their festival in the years to follow. The album entered the UK album chart at number 5 and spawned several more singles including Celebrate, Dog Train and Too Real.
Greatest hits collection One Way Of Life: The Very Best Of The Levellers hit the shelves in September 1998, a year which had been fairly inactive until that point. A long and successful tour journeyed the length and breadth of the UK in November and December.