A Flock of Seagulls explained

A Flock of Seagulls
Background:group_or_band
Origin:Liverpool, England
Genre:New Wave, synthpop, post-punk
Years Active:1979 - 1986
1989 - present
Label:Jive, I.R.S., Cocteau Records
Current Members:Michael "Mike" Score
Joe Rodríguez
Pando
Robert Koreman[1] [2]
Past Members:Randy "V" Valli
Alister "Ali" James Score
Frank Maudsley
Paul Reynolds
Shavin 'Pepper' Duffy
Ed Berner
Benton Brower
Sean Pugh
Willie Woo
Mark Edmondson

A Flock of Seagulls (also known as Flock of Seagulls) are an English New Wave band originally formed in Liverpool by brothers Michael "Mike" Score (keyboards, vocals) and Alister "Ali" James Score (drums), with Frank Maudsley (bass) and Paul Reynolds (guitar).

The group had a string of international hit singles including "I Ran (So Far Away)", "Space Age Love Song," "Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)" and "The More You Live, the More You Love", and became notable in the 1980s for their MTV video for the song "I Ran (So Far Away)".

History

A Flock of Seagulls was started by Mike Score and his brother Ali in 1979 in Liverpool. Mike, who was previously a hairdresser, played keyboards, guitar, and vocals, Ali played drums and their friend Frank Maudsley played bass. The band added guitarist Willie Woo, and Mark Edmondson joined briefly when Ali and Mike had a falling out; however, Ali re-joined when Mark took ill. They then began writing songs. Soon after, Willie left, allowing Paul Reynolds to join. They then started playing clubs and eventually got a recording contract.

Eventually, under the management of Tommy Crossan and Mick Rossi (Checkmount Limited), they began to release singles through Jive Records. The group released an EP and a couple of singles, 'Its Not Me Talking' and 'Telecommunication' on Bill Nelson's 'Cocteau' label; both tracks produced by Nelson. In 1982 the group's third single, produced by Mike Howlett "I Ran (So Far Away)" became a worldwide hit, most notably reaching number 1 in Australia and the top 10 in the US and New Zealand (where the band became popular). The parent album A Flock of Seagulls and another single "Space Age Love Song" were also successful. In late 1982 the band found major success in their home country with "Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)" (first single from their next album) which reached the top 10.[3] As it turned out, 1982 would prove to be the peak year of their commercial and critical success. The band is regarded as breaking the ground for other musical acts during the advent of the video music area.[4]

1983 saw the release of three singles to back their second album Listen. Each was only a minor success in the UK and abroad. Faced with disappointment the group produced a third album in 1984. "The More You Live, the More You Love" was The Story of a Young Hearts lead single. It was moderately successful, but the album's other two singles – "Never Again (The Dancer)" and "Remember David" – did not make any headway.Faced with sliding sales and a loss of direction following the third album, the group relocated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania minus Paul Reynolds. In 1985, the band, released a new album; Dream Come True. The album was critically panned and a commercial failure. The remaining members fell out and A Flock Of Seagulls in its original incarnation disbanded. In promotion of Dream Come True, two videos – "Who's That Girl" and "Heartbeat Like a Drum" – were filmed in quick succession. These two videos were the last time the three remaining members were together in a recording or performance capacity until 2003.

For the next eighteen years, Mike Score worked with various musicians under the A Flock Of Seagulls banner, playing live gigs and occasionally issuing new recordings. In 1989, the group released a single called "Magic" which did not chart. The follow-up album (The Light at the End of the World) which included the single did not appear until 1995, and similarly did not chart.

By 2002, A Flock of Seagulls was brought back to life when Rockstar Games added their most famous single "I Ran" to Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and included in the games official trailer.

In November 2003, the original line-up (Mike and Ali Score, Paul Reynolds and Frank Maudsley) reunited for a one-off performance on the VH1 series, Bands Reunited. In September 2004, they reformed again and played a small number of live shows in the United States, but broke up immediately afterward. Mike Score continues to tour with other musicians as A Flock Of Seagulls.

Legacy

Although parodied in later years, the band is now recognised as a pioneering act, capturing the zeitgeist of their time, particularly with multi-layered hits such as "Space Age Love Song", Telecommunication and Modern Love is Automatic.[5] The band also is noted for creating successful concept album, their debut, which alludes to an alien invasion of earth.[6] The group came to the attention of legendary producer Phil Spector, who, upon hearing a demo of "I Ran" called the sound "phenomenal" and was in talks to produce an album. However, the talks fell apart when Spector and the bands label did not see eye to eye.[7]

In popular culture

Personnel

Original line-up (1979–1984)

Discography

Studio albums

YearAlbumChart positionsCertification
UK[9] DEU[10] SEU.SAUS[11]
1981Modern Love Is Automatic EP
  • Release Date: 1981
  • Label: Jive Records
1982A Flock of Seagulls
  • Release Date: April 1982
  • Label: Jive Records
  • Producer: Mike Howlett
3226321019
1983Listen
  • Release Date: May 1983
  • Label: Zomba Records
  • Producer: Mike Howlett
1614441690
1984The Story of a Young Heart
  • Release Date: August 1984
  • Label: Jive/Arista
303167
1985Dream Come True
  • Release Date: 1985 (UK), March 1986 (US)
  • Label: Jive Records
1995The Light at the End of the World
  • Release Date: 1995
  • Label: I.R.S. Records
2012Pick Me Up
  • Release Date: 2012
  • Label: ...

Compilation albums

Singles

YearTitleAlbumChart positions
UKUK Indie[14] AUSNETHDEUIRL[15] NZ[16] US
Hot 100MSRDance Club Play
1981"(It's Not Me) Talking"45
"Telecommunication"A Flock of Seagulls19
1982"I Ran (So Far Away)"43146317938
"Space Age Love Song"3468313059
"Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)"Listen1046443763326362
1983"(It's Not Me) Talking" (Cocteau Records re-issue)22
"Nightmares"Listen53
"Transfer Affection"382243
"(It's Not Me) Talking" (Rerecording)78
1984"The More You Live, the More You Love"The Story of a Young Heart261637325610
"Never Again (The Dancer)"
"Remember David"
1985"Who's That Girl (She's Got It)"Dream Come True66
1986"Heartbeat Like a Drum"
1989"Magic"
1995"Magic" (Re-issue)The Light at the End of the World
"Burnin' Up"
1996"Rainfall"
2000"Rainfall" (Re-issue)
2007"I Ran (So Far Away)" (A Flock Of Seagulls vs. The Angry Kids)

Video albums

Grammy Award

The album track, "D.N.A. (song)" from A Flock of Seagulls, won a Grammy Award in 1983 for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.

External links

Notes and References

  1. Web site: UK. A Flock of Seagulls on MySpace Music. Myspace.com. 21 September 2008.
  2. Web site: A Flock of Seagulls Fan Club. Afosfanclub.com.
  3. Web site: A Flock Of Seagulls – Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You). Chart Stats. 29 January 1983.
  4. Web site: Never mind the hair bands, here's a Flock of Seagulls!. Salon.com. 30 August 2001.
  5. Space Age Love Song: The Mix Tape in a Digital Universe Megan M. CarpenterMM Carpenter – works.bepress.com
  6. Shakespeare Meets the Backbeat: Literary Allusion in Rock Music. JR Duxbury - Popular Music & Society, 1988 - Taylor & Francis
  7. Wall of pain: the biography of Phil Spector. D Thompson - 2003 - Sanctuary Pub Ltd
  8. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0145660/quotes Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) – Memorable quotes
  9. Web site: A Flock Of Seagulls. Chart Stats.
  10. Web site: Charts-Surfer. Charts-surfer.de.
  11. Kent, David Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. David Kent, 1993 ISBN 0-646-11917-6
  12. http://www.bpi.co.uk/certifiedawards/search.aspx
  13. Web site: Recording Industry Association of America. RIAA.
  14. Web site: Indie Hits "A". Cherryred.co.uk. 23 January 1997.
  15. Web site: Jaclyn Ward – Fireball Media Ltd. – http://www.fireballmedia.ie. The Irish Charts – All there is to know. Irishcharts.ie. 1 October 1962.
  16. Web site: Steffen Hung. New Zealand charts portal. charts.org.nz.