A Flock Of Seagulls - Inflight: The Extended Essentials - (CD Album) - pre-order [2019-07-12]
A Flock Of Seagulls - Inflight: The Extended Essentials - (CD Album)
A Flock Of Seagulls may well be known for their bizarrely teased haircuts as much as their hit single ‘I Ran’. A Flock Of Seagulls were one of prime movers in the 1980s 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 their debut EP on Bill Nelson’s Cocteau Records early in 1981 and, while the record failed to chart, its 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, XMen 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 oneoff performance on the VH1 series Bands Reunited. In 2018 the band 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 reunion 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.
"A Flock Of Seagulls - Inflight: The Extended Essentials", is out Friday, 12th July 2019 on August Day and available for pre-order now.
NB: All products ordered with a pre-order will be dispatched together close to the latest pre-order release date. If you want earlier dispatched for another product then please place separate order(s).
CD Track Listing
- I Ran
- Modern Love Is Automatic
- Space Age Love Song
- Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You)
- The More You Live, The More You Love
- Man Made
- Transfer Affection
Format: CD Album
Catalog Number: ADAY054
Bar Code 5055373547015
Label: August Day
Release Date: Friday, 12th July 2019