Ahhh, A Flock of Seagulls. When I think of retro/alternative music from the 80's ... they are definitely one of the quintessential 80's bands that comes to my mind. From the retro, electronic keyboard sound ... to the hair ... you gotta love the hair!
A Flock of Seagulls was started by Mike Score and his brother Ali in 1979 in Liverpool. Mike, who was previously a hairdresser (go figure!), played keyboards, guitar, and vocals, Ali played drums and their friend Frank Maudsley played bass.
Taking the name A Flock of Seagulls, inspired from the book Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach, the band started out playing shows in small venues. Club goers loved the driving electronic beat of elecommunications which became a dance club hit across England. And would forever come to remember the sight of the band - particularly Mike Score - singing, playing his synthesizer, and sporting a most unusual haircut of which his long blonde, heavily gelled, bang would cascade down over his forehead and eyebrows like a waterfall.
With the waterfall haircut and more so their music, so electronic, yet melodic and charged with emotion, A Flock of Seagulls soon became one of the darlings of the music industry. After signing a record contract, and touring in the US, in 1982 they released their first self titled album - Flock of Seagulls? To their swelling ranks of fans in the US and UK, the album was magical. I Ran - the first single off the album - is a song about being abducted by a UFO which came into the houses of many young Americans when MTV (then in its infancy) played it over and over and over.
In it Mike wears his waterfall haircut, as he and the band play in a room decorated with aluminum foil as the camera pans around and around. The video was simplistic but the futuristic images, sight of the band, and the superior music drove I Ran to 9th place on US charts. The band is recognized for breaking the ground for other musical acts during the advent of the video music area.
My side story on the Flock of Seagulls is as follows. When I first got a MySpace page, it was when my High School was planning our last High School reunion, and so a lot of us were connecting with each other on MySpace. This guy sent me a friend request, and I was not totally sure who he was. We chatted a little bit back and forth before I finally accepted. (His original comment was ... Damn, your page is locked down tighter than Fort Knox! haha) He was a year older than me in High School, but had married a girl from my class, and when he was explaining to me what he looked like in High School (because now he is FOLLICALLY-CHALLENGED) he said ... "I had Flock of Seagulls hair."
When I read that, I seriously almost spit out my soda. I immediately went and got my year book, and sure enough, there he was and his Flock of Seagulls hair. Love. It.
So every time I hear a Flock of Seagulls song ... not only am I taken back to the 80's ... but I also think of all of the crazy hair that we all had in the 80's (including my awesome, totally rad, mall bangs! *see below*)
Okay ... here's a little Flock of Seagulls and I Ran (So Far Away) for your listening pleasure!