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Album Review

The Liverpool quintet A Flock of Seagulls first gained attention in the dance clubs with "Telecommunication," included on this debut release. The band benefited from heavy play on MTV and quickly became known for their outrageous fashion and lead singer Mike Score's waterfall-like haircut. However, their self-titled debut is an enjoyable romp that was set apart from other synth-heavy acts of the time by Paul Reynolds' unique guitar style. The kinetic "I Ran (So Far Away)" became a video staple and a Top Ten radio hit. "A Space Age Love Song," with its synthesizer washes and echo-laden guitar, also managed to score at radio. The rest of the album consists of hyperactive melodies, synthesizer noodlings, and electronic drumming. The lyrics are forgettable. In fact, they rarely expand on the song titles, but its all great fun and a wonderful collection of new wave ear candy.

Customer Reviews

A Flock of Seagulls

I bought this when it first came out, great Album worth a listen!

Great debut!

I brought this album many years ago on the strength of the song "wishing", taken from their second album "listen", and i played it to death!
America seemed to get this band more than we did, with the double a-side, "telecomunication / d.n.a.", becoming a US number 1.
Some of the material here still sounds good, 30 years on:"MODERN LOVE IS AUTOMATIC","MESSAGES" and "I RAN".
The 80's weren't all about leg warmers and "frankie says" t-shirts after all!
Well worth a little peek!

Biography

Formed: 1980 in Liverpool, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

As well-known for their bizarrely teased haircuts as their hit single "I Ran (So Far Away)," A Flock of Seagulls were one of the infamous one-hit wonders of the new wave era. Growing out of the synth-heavy and ruthlessly stylish new romantic movement, A Flock of Seagulls were a little too robotic and arrived a little too late to be true new romantics, but their sleek dance-pop was forever indebted to the short-lived movement. The group benefitted considerably from MTV's heavy rotation of the "I Ran"...
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