[[caption-width-right:325:Original lineup of A Flock of Seagulls]]

->''"And I ran,\\
I ran so far away.\\
I just ran,\\
I ran all night and day.\\
I couldn't get away"''
-->--'''"I Ran"'''

Hairdresser Mike Score (lead vocals, keyboards) formed A Flock of Seagulls with his brother Ali (drums) and fellow hairdresser Frank Maudsley (bass) in 1980, adding guitarist Paul Reynolds several months later. The group released its debut EP on [[Music/BeBopDeluxe Bill Nelson]]'s Cocteau Records early in 1981, and while the record failed to chart, its lead track, "Telecommunication," became an underground hit in Euro-disco and new wave clubs. The band signed a major-label contract with Jive by the end of the year, and their eponymous debut album appeared in the spring of 1982. "I Ran (So Far Away)" was released as the first single from the album, and MTV quickly picked up on its icily attractive video, which featured long shots of Mike Score and his distinctive, cascading hair. The single climbed into the American Top Ten, taking the album along with it. In the U.K., "I Ran" didn't make the Top 40, but "Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)" reached number ten later that year; in America, that single became a Top 40 hit in 1983, after "Space Age Love Song" peaked at number 30. "Wishing" was taken from the group's second album, Listen (1983), which was moderately successful.

Mike Score's distinctive hairstyle, dubbed "the flock of seagulls" hairdo has been mentioned, copied, and parodied many times in the media even though the hairdo first appeared in Film/{{Xanadu}} with the band TheTubes.

Their songs other than ''[[http://www.mtvmusic.com/flock_of_seagulls/videos/341213/i_ran.jhtml I Ran (So Far Away)]]'' include:

* "(It's Not Me) Talking"
* [[http://www.mtvmusic.com/video/?id=296242 "Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)"]]
* "[[http://www.goear.com/listen/31b3282/Nightmares-A-Flock-of-Seagulls Nightmares]]"
* [[http://www.mtvmusic.com/video/?id=296022 ''Space Age Love Song'']]
* "The More You Live The More You Love"
* ''A Flock Of Seagulls'' (1982)
* ''Listen'' (1983)
* ''The Story Of A Young Heart'' (1984)
* ''Dream Come True'' (1986)
* ''The Light At The End Of The World'' (1995)
!!''And I troped, I troped so far away...''
* AlbumTitleDrop: "This is the story of a young heart."
* BookEnds: ''The Story Of A Young Heart'' starts off with the title track and ends with a slight reprise of the song at the end of "Suicide Day".
* BreakupSong: "The End", "Suicide Day", and "How Could You Ever Leave Me".
* BrokenRecord: "This is the story of a young heart, this is the story of a young heart..."
** "It's all right when you say you love me" in "The End".
** "Living in heaven."
* ChainedToARailway: In the music video for "Heartbeat Like A Drum", a woman is tied down to railroad tracks in the fashion of an old-time film, but surprisingly the train merely passes right over her, showing the whole thing to be an optical illusion.
* ConceptAlbum
** Their self-titled debut has a running theme of extraterrestrials. "I Ran" in particular is about an alien abduction.
** Attempted with ''The Story Of A Young Heart''.
* CoverVersion: "This Used To Be My Playground" by Music/{{Madonna}} from ''Virgin Voices 2''.
* DrivenToSuicide: "Suicide Day" at the end of ''The Story Of A Young Heart''.
* TheEighties - for a band that's largely known for one song, they're an icon from that decade.
* EightiesHair: To a ludicrous extreme (though perhaps [[JustifiedTrope justified]] given that two of the band members were professional hairdressers)
* EpicInstrumentalOpener: "I Ran (So Far Away)" in the 1986 GreatestHits album and all later releases of their debut album has a 1:34 long opening of the band getting in tune.
* EpicRocking: The extended version of "Wishing" runs 9:36.
* FaceOnTheCover: ''Dream Come True'' features three of the band members (minus Paul Reynolds, who left in 1986) playing violins against a stylish computer-generated background.
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: "The Story Of A Young Heart" --> "Never Again (The Dancer)" and "Over My Head" --> "Heart Of Steel" from ''The Story Of A Young Heart''.
* GreatestHits: Notably their 1986 ''The Best Of A Flock Of Seagulls'' and their 1999 ''Greatest Hits Remixed'' albums.
* HallOfMirrors: The "I Ran" video is set in one. [[SpecialEffectsFailure You can even see the camera in some of them]].
* IAmTheBand: At present, Mike Score is A Flock Of Seagulls.
* {{Instrumentals}}: Quite a few in their lineup: "D.N.A.", "2:30", "Rosenmontag", "The Last Flight Of Yuri Gagarin", "The Light At The End Of The World", and "Seven Seas".
* IntercourseWithYou: "Say So Much" and "Love On Your Knees" from ''Dream Come True''; "Burnin' Up" from ''The Light At The End Of The World''.
* IWantSong: "European (I Wish I Was)" from ''The Story Of A Young Heart'', and "All I Wanna Do" from Mike's solo work.
* ManOnFire: "Burnin' Up".
-->''You make me feel, you make me feel like I'm on fire.''
* MinimalisticCoverArt: ''The Story Of A Young Heart'' has just a flower and a jeweled heart pendant against a black background.
* NeverTrustATitle: "The Story Of A Young Heart" on the CD version of their 1986 GreatestHits album is actually a remix version of "The More You Live, The More You Love".
* NewSoundAlbum: ''Dream Come True'' switched from New Wave rock to late 80s dance pop.
* NonAppearingTitle: "Space Age Love Song," although it's an appropriate description of its sound. Apparently this was because the band couldn't come up with a better title.
* OneManSong: "Remember David" from ''The Story Of A Young Heart'', and "Ordinary Man" from ''The Light At The End Of The World''.
* OneWordTitle: The album ''Listen'', plus "Telecommunication", "Messages", "Tokyo", "Windows", "Nightmares", "Electrics", "Rosenmontag", "Committed", "Rainfall", "Magic"
%% * PerformanceVideo
* PopCulturalOsmosis: Children of UsefulNotes/TheOughts are likely to associate "I Ran" with ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'' and its trailer.
* QuestioningTitle: "What Am I Supposed To Do?"
%% * RealSongThemeTune
* SelfTitledAlbum
* ShoutOut: Their instrumental track title "The Last Flight Of UsefulNotes/YuriGagarin".
* TheSomethingSong: "Space Age Love Song"
* StalkerWithACrush: "Standing In The Doorway" is about one.
* TheEnd: The title of the second-to-the-final track on ''The Story Of A Young Heart''.
* TitleOnlyChorus: "The Story Of A Young Heart".
* TitleTrack: ''The Story Of A Young Heart'' and ''The Light At The End Of The World''.