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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: Mean Sound

1. Mean Sound

2. Vetted

3. Mean Sound (Strategy Dub)

4. Mean Sound (Slight Return)

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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: Pure '80s Hits

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. Rainfall

8. Messages

9. This Used To Be My Playground

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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: Rock Masters: Modern Love Is Automatic

1. Modern Love Is Automatic

2. Messages (From The Rings Of Saturn)

3. Standing In The Doorway

4. Pick Me Up

5. Coitted

6. Space Age Love Song

7. D.N.A.

8. Man Made

9. You Can Run

10. Telecommunication

11. Iran

12. It's Not Me Talking

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Track List: Platinum & Gold Collection

1. I Ran

2. Telecommunication

3. Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)

4. Space Age Love Song

5. Nightmares

6. The More You Live, The More You Love

7. Modern Love Is Automatic

8. D.N.A.

9. Don't Ask Me

10. You Can Run

11. Heartbeat Like a Drum

12. The Story of a Young Heart

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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: Dream Come True

1. Better & Better

2. Heartbeat Like A Drum

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

4. Hot Tonight

5. Cry Like A Baby

6. Say So Much

7. Love On Your Knees

8. How Could You Ever Leave Me

9. Whole Lot Of Loving

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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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The 80's was the bomb !!!❤��❤
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Damn. I so wish I lived in the 80's ❤❤
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jerseyblond0
Eh I'm not good at running
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Maybe 3 hits and a video on MTV. Fun hair.
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A great one hit wonder from the 80's.
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Superb
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This is so creepy because it actually works on the nearest Friday you will be kissed by your crush and if you ignore this you will have bad luck post this on 15 deferent songs and the next a hundred and forty-three minutes and on the last song press the space bar and your crush's name will pop up in big letters
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I.......RAN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . X O X O X O X O X O X O X O X
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Grand Theft Auto 3 Soundtrack !!...Awesome song !!
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He played this song so beautifully. THE 80$ for sure.
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so many memories, so little time... i miss the '80's.
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Crank it up each time!
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This songs hypnotizes me through
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The era of one hit wonders
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1982 lived it loved it
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yes, back in the day.
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The 80's the best era rock
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I like lobster
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Iran Iran Iran Teran Teran
Couldn't get away!
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This is REAL music!!!! Thank you PANDORA!!!!
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Damb right gaga vangrey
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patty102069
I love love love the 80s better than Justin Bieber
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Hi
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Cool man music I went to school
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Awesome tune
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This is a 80 s icon band..so if u aint in ur 40..kiss my a**
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dylanmulkey
How is an artist a one-hit wonder with three top 40 songs?
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You mean it's not Iran, Iran's so far away?
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Dang
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Vice city anyone??
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IT takes a lot to fall in love
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I wouldn't spend my life just wishing
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Although there is something to it
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I walking to school in 1983 with my auto reverse Walkman and an orange chromium cassette I would be taken to a better place than was my supposed miserable existence of the time I had no clue how good I had it at the time of course this band was not a one hit wonder and sorry for the lack of punctuation but I was speaking this text thank you you weird haired off be spacey band for the joy that you provided me
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Working in nightclubs in the 80's was great
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I agree with djtonkovitch , this was not a 1 hit wonder group and grossly under-rated by this review.
Their first 2 albums were very solid works.
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danceluvr113
I thought this song was about an alien lol!
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trinn17
Used to be a station here in PHX call letters KSTM...The Storm was what they called it. Played all of this stuff back in the 80's..Damn near the only station I would listen to.
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I saw your eyes
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Thoughts of J'ean
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superstarbri a n 2 0 0 5
One of the greatest songs of all time :)
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And for a little while I was falling in love
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lvan_ausdal
Flock of Seagulls the very 1st CD I got.
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