Music: A Flock Of Seagulls

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 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 Xanadu with the band The Tubes.

Their songs other than I Ran (So Far Away) include:

Discography

  • 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)

A Flock of Seagulls has examples of

  • Album Title Drop: "This is the story of a young heart."
  • Book Ends: 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".
  • Breakup Song: "The End" and "Suicide Day".
  • Broken Record: "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".
  • Concept Album: Attempted with The Story Of A Young Heart.
  • Driven to Suicide: "Suicide Day" at the end of The Story Of A Young Heart.
  • The Eighties - for a band that's largely known for one song, they're an icon from that decade.
  • '80s Hair: To a ludicrous extreme (though perhaps justified given that two of the band members were professional hairdressers)
  • Epic Instrumental Opener: "I Ran (So Far Away)" in the 1986 Greatest Hits album and all later releases of their debut album has a 1:34 long opening sequence.
  • Face on the Cover: Dream Come True features three of the band members (minus Paul Reynolds, who left in 1986) playing violins against a stylish computer-generated background.
  • Fading into the Next Song: "The Story Of A Young Heart" —> "Never Again (The Dancer)" and "Over My Head" —> "Heart Of Steel" from The Story Of A Young Heart.
  • Greatest Hits: Notably their 1986 The Best Of A Flock Of Seagulls and their 1999 Greatest Hits Remixed albums.
  • I Am the Band: 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".
  • Intercourse with You: "Say So Much" and "Love On Your Knees" from Dream Come True.
  • "I Want" Song: "European (I Wish I Was)".
  • Minimalistic Cover Art: The Story Of A Young Heart has just a flower and a jeweled heart pendant against a black background.
  • MTV
  • Never Trust a Title: "The Story Of A Young Heart" on their 1986 Greatest Hits album is actually a remix version of "The More You Live, The More You Love".
  • New Sound Album: Dream Come True switched from New Wave rock to late 80s dance pop.
  • Notable Music Videos
  • One Man Song: "Remember David" from The Story Of A Young Heart.
  • One-Word Title: "Telecommunication", "Messages", "D.N.A.", "Nightmares", "Rainfall", "Magic"
  • Performance Video
  • Popcultural Osmosis
  • Real Song Theme Tune
  • Shout-Out: Their instrumental track title "The Last Flight Of Yuri Gagarin".
  • The End: The title of the second-to-the-final track on The Story Of A Young Heart.
  • Title Only Chorus: "The Story Of A Young Heart".
  • Title Track: The Story Of A Young Heart and The Light At The End Of The World.