Appearing on-stage across the UK in many venues they haven’t played since their arrival on the synth-pop scene in the 1980s, A Flock of Seagulls begin their tour in Wolverhampton on 12th July, reminding fans old and new exactly why they remain not just an influence on so many bands since but also have become a fixture in popular culture as a whole. Their iconic hairstyles may not have survived the years in between but their worldwide hits such as I Ran; Wishing (If I had a Photograph of You) and Space Age Love Song sound as vital and ahead of their time as they ever did. Don’t miss your chance to see one of the UK’s most innovative bands in such intimate settings.
In 2018 A Flock of Seagulls appeared on record together for the first time since 1984 – The ‘Ascension’ album featured a full Philharmonic Orchestra and new versions of their hits. Following on from that re-union 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.
Breaking the Top Ten Singles Chart in the UK and the US Top 30 in 1983, chart positions tell only part of the story of Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You). With one of the greatest synth riffs ever committed to record, they inspired (and continue to inspire) a raft of artists who were bedazzled by both their futuristic look, intriguing lyrics and an innovative combination of synths, guitars and sampled drums effects, long before they became standard fare. As one of the peaks of their song-writing, Wishing remains as alluring as ever, one of the greatest tracks to emerge from the 80s synth scene.
A Flock of Seagulls may well be known for their bizarrely teased haircuts as much as their hit single “I Ran” but the band was one of prime movers in the 80’s new wave era, growing out of the synth-heavy and ruthlessly stylish new romantic movement. 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 Bill Nelson’s Cocteau Records early in 1981, and while the record failed to chart, it’s 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” 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 Reynolds left 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.
A Flock of Seagulls never really broke up. Mike carried on touring with session musicians and quietly, surely and steadily the folklore surrounding the band began to grow. The references in culture from TV (Ross’s Haircut in Friends), Computer Games (“I Ran” was the standout track on Grand Theft Auto Radio), Film (The band and haircut are referenced in Pulp Fiction, X-Men and The Wedding Singer) cemented the bands reputation and brought the band to a whole new legion of fans.
In 2003, the original line-up of Mike, Ali, Frank and Paul reunited for a one-off performance on the VH1 series Bands Reunited. Mike Score is touring throughout 2019. ‘The Inflight Tour’ has 8 dates in July in the UK and 20 dates with Lost 80s in the USA in August and September.
UK Live Dates
July 11th Wolverhampton, The Robin 2
July 12th & 13th London, Dingwalls
July 14th Liverpool, The Cavern Club
July 16th Bristol, The Fleece
July 17th Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
July 18th Newcastle, The Riverside
July 19th Glasgow, The Arts Club