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A Flock of Seagulls

A Flock of Seagulls

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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

Underrated.

This album was probably the best new-wave-copycat album of the early 80s. They had an original guitar sound which wasn't that far off from the Edge's mid80s U2 sound. People make fun of Flock of Seagulls but they had great songs and instrumentation. I got into them after a cutting-edge punk band told me how they were obsessed with this Flock of Seagulls' album. I learned how to play drums by playing along to the record on my stereo. It's cool.

best album ever

a flock of seagulls are amazing

Classic

The best LP in the 80's ----- AFOS was so ahead of its time it wasnt funny. The sounds and gear used in the 80's is what i will never forget.

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...
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