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A Flock Of Seagulls

As well-known for their bizarrely teased haircuts as their hit single "I Ran (So Far Away)," A Flock of Seagulls were one of the infamous one-hit wonders of the new wave era. Growing out of the synth-heavy and ruthlessly stylish new romantic movement, A Flock of Seagulls were a little too robotic and arrived a little too late to be true new romantics, but their sleek dance-pop was forever indebted to the short-lived movement. The group benefitted considerably from MTV's heavy rotation of the "I Ran" video in the summer of 1982, but they were unable to capitalize on their sudden success and disappeared nearly as quickly as they rocketed up the charts.

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.

However, the band's fortunes crashed shortly after the release of Listen as 1984's The Story of a Young Heart failed to produce any hit singles. Reynolds left after the album and was replaced by Gary Steadnin; the band also added keyboardist Chris Chryssaphis. The new lineup was showcased on 1986's Dream Come True, which failed to chart. Shortly after its release, the band broke up. Mike Score assembled a new lineup of A Flock of Seagulls in 1989, releasing the single "Magic" and touring the U.S.A. The band failed to make any impact and most of the members left by the end of the year. The band continued to tour worldwide, although with major changes to its members, and in 1996 released a new album, The Light at the End of the World. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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It sure beats the crappy pop rap music
Love the 80's
80s were the best for music by far
I lovet it mei,e remember my best times tanks
The best..sound. . .
harlandwilli a m s 1 0 9
The entire first album is great... My favorites: Modern Love is Automatic & Standing in the Doorway
Far from being a one-hit wonder. People only think that because all they ever play is I Ran.
milosdad
I used to hate this band and I ran. It now brings back great memories of my college years. The song's not terrible and I even like it now.
80s were the best !!!!
U2
Three charting songs is not a one hit wonder. Flash in the pan? Yes. Not a one hit wonder though.
To all yall who hate this i love this song this is gta all day vice city lol
courtney_bra b s o n
Fat nutsac is ccccrrrraaaa z z z z y y y y ! !
nicko252008
One hit wonder CRAP, who listens to this garbage? Oh yeah douchy people. You people need to get your ears checked.
The English Beat or The Beat as they came to be known were very talented Tears of a clown was a great version of An old song.
I agree with the good reviews here. Highly relevant then and still influential today. The reviewers missed the mark on this one hit wonder.
I remember seeing a guy in my high school class toting 2 albums at all times. FOS and DEO. Heard I Ran many times but didn't pay much attention to it as the 80's had so so many hit makers. I wish as a 14 year old I would have paid more attention to Flock Of Seagulls. Good song. Brings back great 80'a high school memories
ooof////
The media did indeed skip it in America. The reason was simple. MONEY. None of these mostly English bands signed US record deals and were denied radio and TV play time. It was MTV that brought them fame and sales in the US.
wow! what a glum and dark view of their careers. It opens with one hit wonder and then goes on to describe three hit singles?!! I recall them being a bit of a new wave phenomenon
They were a pivotal new wave band! they defined a very sort live genre that now is being payed the proper respect!, not by the media that skipped it the first time but by a new generation of fans skipping what big labels dictate.
I remember seeing them in 89. Mike Score was sitting in their white tour van reading a book. He invited me in and we talked about the music of the 80's and the ups and downs of the business. Great experience!
rhonda112297
Saw them in concert - great
Wore out the needle on my record player back in 82 listening to the seaguls playing atari ...every song was like totally awesome fer sure lol
80's Rule!!!!
1368434703
Ahhhh ahhhh ahhhhh a no no no please
A cloud appears above your head....
This was and still is a great tune.
And I run run so far away
This band is one of the greats that define the 80's. I also think it reminds me of GTA Vice City. Lol
Who's that in the mirror? Oops.....Gre a t band from the early days.
I liked it when VH-1 got them back together for Bands Reunited. They did a great job when they hooked up again. Sometime in mid 2000's. Not sure exactly.
You don't get anywhere by hitting someone ONCE! Beat him till he bleads then beat him for bleading! BROKE BACK Marlett sucks!
Being a one-hit wonder is not such a bad thing. One hit is more than what most bands get.
executell
Saw FOS in Berlin 83 Metropol what a great concert
I RUN ALLNIGHTandd a y
I grew up listening to this stuff dj. At backyard parties down south east los angeles
jandh571
ugh
They were not a one hit wonder...a two hit wonder...I ran and Space Age Love Song.
Wow....early days
Love them!!!!
I ran ......so far away....
Great song to open my mind in the art studio for tattoo design work.
jera0
Going to see FOS tomorrow! Can't wait!!!
I ran reminds me every time of GTA vice city
This is an 80's band. Why is it on a 70's list?
Such a great band , underrated if you ask me :-) very good band ..
Theyaretruly s p e c i a l ! Oneofakind!
One of those bands whose best work doesn't get enough airplay.
annamazing99
haha i only know 1 of their songs- guess which 1
sososo true but make a correction!! ! ! you babe!! bbbbbb this song about a man !!!'bbbbbbb! ! !
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