Monday, June 30, 2008

A Flock Of Seagulls…

Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote a biography of A Flock Of Seagulls, for VH1, which I have included in this post, VH1 Biography Of A Flock Of Seagulls, in addition to my own thoughts. Click on the “VH1 Biography Of A Flock Of Seagulls” hyperlink to see Stephen’s well-done original article.

This pop, dance, new wave band’s web site is A Flock Of Seagulls - Click Here.

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.

As well-known for their bizarrely teased haircuts as their hit single "I Ran (So Far Away)," A Flock of Seagulls became part of the musical wonders of the new wave era. Growing out of the synth-heavy and ruthlessly stylish new romantic movement, A Flock of Seagulls sleek dance-pop was forever indebted to the short-lived movement. The group benefited considerably from MTV's heavy rotation of the "I Ran" video in the summer of 1982.

The group released its debut EP on Cocteau Records early in 1981, and 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, A Flock Of Seagulls, 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. “Telecommunication” & “Space Age Love Song” were also singles from this album. "Space Age Love Song" peaked at number 30.

The group's second album, Listen (1983) also had some success as "Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)" reached number ten later that year, in the UK; in America, that single became a Top 40 hit in 1983.

In 1984, they released The Story of a Young Heart which contained “The More You Live, The More You Love.” After this release, the band’s members changed. Paul Reynolds, guitarist, 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. Shortly after its release, the band broke up. Mike Score (lead vocals, keyboards) assembled a new lineup of A Flock of Seagulls in 1989, releasing the single "Magic" and touring the U.S.A. After, the band had most of the members leave by the end of the year. The band continued to tour worldwide, although with major changes to its members, and in 1995 released a new album, The Light At The End Of The World.

A Flock Of Seagulls has released many albums…

A Flock Of Seagulls - 1982

Listen - 1983

The Story of a Young Heart - 1984

Dream Come True - 1986

The Best Of AFOS - 1991

Telecommunications - 1992

The Best Of AFOS - 1993

The Light At The End Of The World – 1995

20 Classics of the 80's – 1995

Wishing - 1996

Greatest Hits Remixed (remix) - 1999

Platinum & Gold Collection - 2003

Essential New Wave - 2003

Best of A Flock of Seagulls – 2006

A Flock Of Seagulls has a handful of quality songs, such as "I Ran (So Far Away)," "Telecommunication," “Space Age Love Song,” "Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)" and “The More You Live, The More You Love.”

"I Ran (So Far Away)," and "Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)" were also re-released as extended dance club songs.

Their music is easy to listen to, as the fast-paced, up-tempo sounds also blend in well with any music you want to play at a party.

Thanks to A Flock Of Seagulls for some enjoyable music…

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