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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: We Are The '80s

1. I Ran (So Far Away)

2. Space Age Love Song

3. Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You)

4. The More You Live, The More You Love

5. Telecommunication

6. Nightmares

7. Transfer Affection

8. (It's Not Me) Talking

9. Remember David

10. Heartbeat Like A Drum

11. Modern Love Is Automatic

12. Lost Control

13. D.N.A.

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Track List: The Best Of A Flock Of Seagulls

1. I Ran (So Far Away)

2. Space Age Love Song

3. Telecommunication

4. The More You Live, The More You Love

5. Nightmares

6. Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You)

7. (It's Not For Me) Talking

8. Transfer Affection

9. Who's That Girl (She's Got It)

10. D.N.A.

11. Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You) (Extended Version)

12. The Story Of A Young Heart

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Track List: Listen

1. Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You)

2. Nightmares

3. Transfer Affection

4. What Am I Supposed To Do

5. Electrics

6. The Traveller

7. 2:30

8. Over The Border

9. The Fall

10. (It's Not Me) Talking

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Track List: Flock Of Seagulls

1. I Ran (So Far Away)

2. Space Age Love Song

3. You Can Run

4. Don't Ask Me

5. Messages

6. Telecommunication

7. Modern Love Is Automatic

8. Standing In The Doorway

9. D.N.A.

10. Man Made

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Track List: Mean Sound

1. Mean Sound

2. Vetted

3. Mean Sound (Strategy Dub)

4. Mean Sound (Slight Return)

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I love 80"s best music ever
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And I ran I ran so far away couldn't get away! Couldn't get away
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Aurora borealis I never thought I'd see a girl like you and then I got screwed
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legis225
They just had one song, no?
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allenr51056
US FESTIVAL 1983 the best ever! !
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msabater1
Just classic.
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❤❤❤❤❤
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froneg
So in the bio it claims that they were an infamous one hit wonder but then go on to say that Wishing (if I had a photograph of you) was top 10. Umm wouldn't that be considered two hits?
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GAY
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This a great CD start to finish. This band had that special something. Bad management killed them.
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love the vamping and the beat
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scott.gibbs5
Saw them at the Exit Inn in Nashville in 1989, they were still great, amazingly unique music even today I think.
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concrete blonde
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I road the block listen to this on the weekends In 87, man I'm old, NOT just love my 80s music. Ice Man.
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Totally awesome , so love the 80s ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
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Oh the 80's music and the videos when mtv was music videos, great times
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GTA:VICE CITY ON AH BIKE ARE FLY A$$WHIP LIKE DIZ....THIS DAT S#!@!!!!!!!
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All musicians are exactly the lords artists
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I did a girl same haircut and I ran so far away
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This is a great song. Everyone was so distracted by their hair back in the day but they really were good.
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A flock of seagulls I a really good 80's band I like all there songs including ( wishing I had a photograph of you)
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Me encanta esa banda viva PuertoRico
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msilvermerli n
one of the best 80's bands ever :)
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Teenage memories in school while learning Francois in French
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I remember listening to this album on a driving vacation to S. Padre Is. Texas in 1993 with 3 friends I grew up with. It was the best vacation I've ever had !! Beers, Beers, and more Beers !!
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memories:')
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i remember playing this a long time ago on guitar hero
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Brings back great flocken memories
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jormig
Miss the Flock. Such a fun band.
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I'm glad my dad showed me some great new wave bands like these����
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willdn73
Takes me back when I lost my virginity in the back of my fathers Cadillac. ��
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southpawpl
This song takes me back to my gta vice city days
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This song makes me hungry for candy necklaces and the powdery gum that was in garbage pail kids cards ,ha messy Tessy was the best
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Somehow I can see Donald Trump sitting in on the lead singer ha
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Wow lol this song
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lpaulae
Very underrated song.
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larcnt1
great interstate highway song doing 90
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jamesm_220
I recently saw them in concert and they still sound great. The only downer was that the lead singer is now bald... damnit! :-(
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I would be giving my son a bath his hair full of shampoo playing this song I'd style his hair like the bands lead singer Mike he loved it
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Definition One of Electrically Wobbling Snareheads. A++ FOS's!
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mshipp12
only ben can have these in his collection.. . . m y forgeoton life with everyone im Laguna Beach, so so much fun! And life goes on.......... . . .
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They had more then 1 hit. I don't agree they were too robotic. If that was the case a band like DEVO should have never made it. They just had the misfortune of having a lot of competition by 1982 and much better bands like the Clash, Echo and the Bunnymen, and dozens of others to have to go up against.
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I am curious what in Thomas Erlewine's mind is considered a hit? If they had 3 songs in the top 40 on the Billboard charts, wouldn't they be considered a three-hit wonder?
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sotoc41371
AWESOME SONG
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iowapatrick
I wish I could hang out with these guys for a day
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Good song I ran so far away... me trae recuerdos cuando era un adolescente ..
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I have auburn hair and tawny eyes⌛
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I wish they would play Space Age Love Song on Pandora
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