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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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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)

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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ed.nunez
Back in the day
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we don't need to hide anymore I want you near me so in love until the end of end of time my Mike yourmimi
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take me home with you my Mike your mimi
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ed.nunez
Back in the day.......
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ed.nunez
I ran so far away......
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Yea!!
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With auburn hair, and cottage cheese thighs?
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Mmmmmm, Dreamy!
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Mmmm! Dreamy!
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You nailed it leolaolou. .SO TRUE!!..very well explained. ..Thanks ...
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Their music got more of the appreciation it deserved in the early '80's, and although their hair drew attention, I don't remember people making much fun of it in the early to mid-'80's, when punk and new wave styles were in. As we got further away from the heyday of those styles, people looking back considered them dated and found the extremes laughable (as tends to happen with all eras of style at some point).
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NOT a one-hit wonder. I was there in the '80's and know firsthand that several of their songs got a lot of radio play - not just I Ran but also Wishing, Space Age Love Song, and The More You You Live, The More You Love in particular. Even the bio contradicts itself when it calls them an infamous one-hit wonder and then refers to two hits besides I Ran that also made the Top 40 in the US (Wishing and Space Age Love Song).
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One of my Faves by:: Them *****
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Love this song. I remember when it came out.
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Flock of Seagulls had several top 40 hits, I think it was 4 or 5 , so you can hardly call them a one hit wonder.
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normtoystoys
After reading this bio, I have to say this is a true One hit wonder band! Classic.
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keith_joh
Your review was a joke. It was the reaction to open expression that this band created. Doors only open for a moment but last a lifetime for those looking for new expression. Yeah, I'm old so f_ing what
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Lol I will always think of fez from thats 70s show now when I hear this
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Fun!
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Robotic music ������������
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My beautifull baby - gurl , u are every-where in this house. Never to be forgotten!
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Hair dressers with electronics - Oh My
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That hair tho lol
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THIS S**T IS KILLER
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Saw them on VH1's Reuniting the Band some years ago...prob 8-10 years now. Mike couldn't get past whatever issue with brother Ali, but they all still rocked out, sounded great. Last I heard Mike was living in Florida and singing "I Ran" still, in fact I'm going to catch him in a retro 80's show coming up! Can't wait
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hope we can be together today I would love to see you today I bought a pizza for us it's pepperoni love you to share it with you tonight my baby Mike love mimi
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I think um turning Japanese
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I fell in love when I first met you I felt a excitement that you brought me mimi
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Love this song
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Love all their songs especially space age love song . I never get sick of their music.
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I have seen these guys twice in the last 10 years is still as awesome as they were the day they came out still sound great
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we should stop missing each other more each other more formeler place that you know and then you could show me where mimi
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They were not a one hit wonder band. They stayed around for about 3-4 years in the 80's.
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Nice song in the 80's....
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persian giRlFriend thovght it says "Iran is so far away"
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F#ck. This band is a very underrated band.
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GRAND THEFT AUTO VICE CITY
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DONT Read THIS. YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEAREST POSSIBLE FRIDAY BY THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE. NOW YOU'VE STARTED READING THIS, DONT STOP THIS IS SO FREAKY. But if u ignore it then you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 143 min. WHEN YOU ARE DONE PRESS THE SPACEBAR AND YOUR CRUSH WILL APPEAR IN BIG LETTERS ON THE SCREEN, THIS IS DO FREAKY IT ACTUALLY WORKS
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I still RUNAWAY lol
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80's did rock! Miss them
Use to dance to this track during our jr. High dances at lunch or after school.
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