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A Flock Of Seagullsmay well be known for their bizarrely teased haircuts as much as their hit single ‘I Ran’.A Flock Of Seagullswere one of prime movers in the 1980s new wave era. Growing out of the synth-heavy and ruthlessly stylish new romantic movement, hairdresserMike Score(lead vocals, keyboards) formedA Flock Of Seagullswith his brotherAli(drums) and fellow hairdresserFrank Maudsley(bass) in 1980, adding guitaristPaul Reynoldsseveral months later. The group released their debut EP on Bill Nelson’s 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 UK, ‘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 (If I Had A Photograph Of You)’ was taken from the group’s second album ‘Listen’ in 1983. The band released 1984’s ‘The Story Of A Young Heart’ which fielded the minor hit ‘The More You Live, The More You Love’. Shortly after,Paul Reynoldsleft the band.
Mike and Ali moved to the US shortly after basing themselves out of Pennsylvania. The band, now as a trio, released the album ‘Dream Come True’ in 1986. Ali and Frank left in the years afterwards. Mike released the ‘Light At The End Of The World’ album in 1996.
The original four return to present their ‘Inflight’ album. This time the band re-work their original hits and extend and stretch them in a 1980s 12” remix style. Ten brand new recordings, expanded to fill the imaginations of dreamers worldwide.
"A Flock Of Seagulls - Inflight: The Extended Essentials", is out Friday, 12th July 2019 on August Day and available for pre-order now. CD Track Listing
I Ran Modern Love Is Automatic Space Age Love Song Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You) The More You Live, The More You Love Nightmares DNA Electrics Man Made Transfer Affection