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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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sazi3598
The 80s were my time, and... Sucked. Sorry but it's true. It was bad fashion, horrible radio (the best music was rarely on the radio), and if you had a pony or an alligator on your shirt. People aspired to flaunting their possessions. Everything was shiny, plastic and fake. It was an insanely shallow, uptight and douchey decade. Try looking at the top forty from any week, and you'll realize it wasn't as great as you remember.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine: think before you write a bio, Einstein--AF O S were not one-hit wonders...th e y had several successful singles. Get some brains.
nicko252008
Haha yeah vice city! This song rocks!
Grand theft auto: vice city!!! lol awesome!
Remind my childhood love it!
I wouldn't call them one-hit wonders either. C'mon, Space Age Love Song!
Love I ran too bits
This was the best song
Whata blast from my past
Classic. Love it. ��
The guy on the right looks like kristian from the shmoes know
This group was listened to al the time when i was going to high school in the 70s
I was born in a not 80s age but I herd a men at work song then a flock of sea gulls I am one of the only kids left who know of the 80s...rock on
This is a Classic, one of my old school favorites<><
bigtbodybuil d i n g
how can a group be a one-hit wonder, if they have had several top 40 hits?
GREAT SONG!!!!!!!
Amazing 80's song!!!!
I was fortunate enough to be from Minnesota - the 80's kicked a** in the Twin Cities-Princ e , The Suburbs, Replacement, Soul Asylum, I miss my First Avenue Days
1982! What a year for music! What a time to be in SF, hitting the clubs and the halls...
Another great song from the 80's that will live forever!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
I like...take you back
They had three pop hits, three rock hits, and two dance hits. I don't think they're one-hit-wond e r s .
Just saw them live last fall. They still :) it it lol
Memories behind to 80 I like forever ?
80's...miss it...the explosion of MTV...teen flicks, like fast times, 16 candles, breakfast club...list goes on and on...movies with the music...just don't get that vibe anymore...mi s s it man!
Ahh the 80's..wot a era...take me back plz
Great memories of the early 80's & hanging out at the clubs.
good memorys in the 80s
One of ther besl songs
Great 80's song!
one of my favorite songs of the 80's
This song was from vice city
They may have written and performed other good songs, but they had only one hit. That is the definition of one-hit wonder. It's OK to be a one-hit wonder, though. It's a lot more than most bands achieve.
I loved the scene in the movie, The Wedding Singer, at the airport where Adam Sandler is asked he likes 'Flock of Seagulls' and the person asking has the haircut. Adam Sandler responds, No, but apparently you do.
How are they infamous?
story of a young heart was actually a pretty good album. Also Bill Nelson produced something for them...forge t what
They were not a one-hit-wond e r . They had three.
Space age love song....was a great song!
Space age love Song.... this is a great song.
Their hair was hysterical.
You're right Patrict my bad. Did you know Angus Young of ac/dc tripped on the amp cord for his guitar doing his signature guitar strut atca concert. Face forward. Like 15 minutes later they restarted the show as evidentally he was unscathed. True story
One hit? What about Wishing and Space age Love Song? I do remember seeing the lead singer passed out face down on a bar and getting escorted out once when I was at a club....It was towards the end of their 15 minutes...
Two great songs out of the seagulls. Not bad not bad at all. I still remember the Mtv videos for the 80's songs classic great stuff.
Takes me back JR HIGH SCHOOL DANCE
i walk along the avenue
i never thought id meet a girl like youuuuu
Saw these guys last weekend in AZ for a lost 80's show. Loved them back in the 80s, just NOT now.......So Sad..... Berlin on the other hand was AMAZING!
WIshing and Space Age Love Song are proof they weren't One Hit Wonder, Top 40 and #30 make for (minor) hits, but definately disqualify them as a OHW.
One of the truly underrated bands of the 80s. @crunchtheal l i g a t o r yes three mainstream singles; lots of great tracks that never saw there way to popular success; a true shame I think they could have been a transcendent band.
dougforteb
Always think of high school when I hear this song...
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