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A Flock of Seagulls

A Flock of Seagulls, 1983. L-R: Ali Score, Paul Reynolds, Mike Score, and Frank Maudsley.
Background information
Origin Liverpool, England
Genres New wave, synthpop, electropop
Years active 1979–1986
Labels Cocteau, Jive, Arista (US), Quality (Canada), RCA
Mike Score
Joe Rodríguez
Michael Brahm[1][2]
Former members
Ali Score
Frank Maudsley
Paul Reynolds
Shavin "Pepper" Duffy

A Flock of Seagulls (also known as Flock of Seagulls) are a British Grammy Award-winning band originally formed by brothers Mike Score (keyboards, vocals) and Ali 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)", "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)".



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 took their name from a line in the song "Toiler on the Sea" by The Stranglers, which appears on their album Black and White.[3] 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 soon enough, they got a 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 "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[4]. As it turned out, 1982 would prove to be the peak year of their commercial and critical success.

1983 saw the release of three singles to back their second album Listen. Each was only a minor success in the UK and abroad. The album bore a heavily processed electronic sound that was a break from the Duran Duran guitar and bass driven sound of their début. Faced with disappointment the group produced a third album in 1984 that leant closer to a guitar sound. "The More You Live, The More You Love" was The Story of a Young Heart's lead single. It was moderately successful, despite having production that recalled their breakout hit "I Ran". The album's other two singles - "Never Again (The Dancer)" and "Remember David" - didn't 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. Eventually in 1985 the group released a new album; Dream Come True. Despite having a new sound based around the Fairlight Synthesizer 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 2004.

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.

Maudsley returned to Liverpool and is now the owner of a newsagent in the City Centre, while Mike and Ali Score stayed in Philadelphia. The brothers then had a falling out that resulted in Mike Score remaining as the sole original member of the band and Ali going to Boston, where he played in a hard rock band and then worked for a computer company in Cambridge.

Post 1989 developments

Following the dissolution of the band in the wake of Dream Come True, Mike Score resurfaced in a series of new bands with changing line-ups. The band released two singles ("Magic" and "Burnin' Up") and one album (The Light at the End of the World) which achieved some success. The group made a cameo appearance in the 1999 movie The Suburbans, starring Jennifer Love Hewitt and Will Ferrell.

In 2003, A Flock of Seagulls performed for the unveiling of the Syracuse A-league football logo and team's name, Syracuse Salty Dogs, in Syracuse, New York. The band returned later that year for a performance at one of the Salty Dogs' games at Syracuse's P&C Stadium.

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. The reunion included performances at Nike Run Hit Wonder (L.A., not NYC), a series of 5000 and 10,000-metre road races, featuring popular bands that are frequently classified as one hit wonders (including Devo, General Public, and Tommy Tutone) who performed along the race course.

Mike Score continues to tour under the band's name with a new line-up, but the other original members have retired from music. The band played a show at Classic Bowl in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

The band's 2005 lineup was Mike Score, lead singer, keyboards; Joe Rodriguez, lead guitarist; Pando bassist; and Michael Brahm, drums. In June 2005, the current line-up appeared on the debut episode of the American edition of NBC's Hit Me Baby One More Time. Besides performing their hit song "I Ran (So Far Away)", they also performed a cover of Ryan Cabrera's "On the Way Down".

In an interview on the VH1 special 100 Greatest Songs of the '80s, Mike Score said "Every time he performs live... Everyone just wants to hear 'I Ran'", and goes on to say "...and I'm sick of it!". Also that he resents the song, but plays it live because people enjoy it. "I Ran" was listed at #55 on the countdown. He said the same thing in VH1's 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 80s, and was listed at #2 on this countdown. The interview on 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 80s was the exact same one that was shown on 100 Greatest Songs of the 80s.

A Flock of Seagulls performed at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Philippines on April 19, 2008 as part of "The Lost 80s Live in Manila" tour along with Gene Loves Jezebel and Real Life.

On February 4, 2010 Flock of Seagulls played at the Ghostbar at the Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mike Score was the only original band member, They were the only band that played that night starting at 12:30 am.


Classic line-up (1979–1984)


Studio Albums

Year Album Chart Positions
U.K[5] DEU[6] SE U.S[7] AUS[8]
1981 Modern Love Is Automatic EP
  • Release Date: 1981
  • Label: Jive Records
1982 A Flock of Seagulls
  • Release Date: June 1982
  • Label: Jive Records
32 26 32 10 19
1983 Listen
  • Release Date: May 1983
  • Label: Zomba Records
16 14 44 16 90
1984 The Story of a Young Heart
  • Release Date: August 1984
  • Label: Jive/Arista
30 31 67
1985 Dream Come True
  • Release Date: 1985 (UK), March 1986 (US)
  • Label: Jive Records
1995 The Light at the End of the World
  • Release Date: 1995
  • Label: I.R.S. Records

Compilation Albums


Year Title Album Chart Positions
U.K.[5] U.K. Indie[9] AUS[8] DEU[6] IRL[10] U.S[11]
Hot 100 MSR Dance Club Play
1981 "(It's Not Me) Talking" 45
"Telecommunication" A Flock of Seagulls 19
1982 "I Ran (So Far Away)" 43 1 31 9 3 8
"Space Age Love Song" 34 68 30 59
"Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)" Listen 10 46 37 6 26 3 62
1983 "(It's Not Me) Talking" (Cocteau Records re-issue) 22
"Nightmares" Listen 53
"Transfer Affection" 38 22
"(It's Not Me) Talking" (Rerecording) 78
1984 "The More You Live, The More You Love" The Story of a Young Heart 26 37 56 10
"Never Again (The Dancer)"
"Remember David"
1985 "Who's That Girl (She's Got It)" Dream Come True 66
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

Year Title Format
1984 Through the Looking Glass
  • Notes: Features A Flock of Seagulls songs from 1981–1984 and a brief interview.


Mike Score's distinctive hairstyle has been mentioned, copied, and parodied many times in the media:

  • In the American television sitcoms Friends (by Chandler in a flashback to his and Ross's college years, when they had formed a New Wave band)
  • In That '70s Show when they parodied the '80s.
  • It was referred to, as a means of scoff, in Pulp Fiction.
  • In the musical The Wedding Singer the character Sammy sings a line in the song "Saturday Night" referring to Mike Score's hair style: "Can't wait 'til chicks start flocking to my Flock of Seagulls hair".
  • A Diet Pepsi commercial shows a man telling us that he wants to feel young again, then it shows a montage of the man with Score's hairstyle while the song "I Ran (So Far Away)" plays, but finding out it's a bad idea.
  • In the song "Albuquerque" by "Weird Al" Yankovic, the song's main character encounters a hermaphrodite with a "Flock of Seagulls haircut"
  • In a Supercuts commercial, a man enters a hair salon. After a few moments he notices that the only hairstyle given is Mike Score's famous haircut. (In the background, the sound of seagulls can be heard.)
  • When Danny Pintauro came out of the closet, The Daily Show referred to his Flock of Seagulls haircut on Who's the Boss? as an indicator of his orientation.
  • In the film The Wedding Singer, Adam Sandler's character approaches an airline ticket agent who is sporting a Mike Score hairstyle. The ticket agent says "Do you like Flock of Seagulls?" with Sandler's reply, "I can see you do."
  • In an XM Satellite Radio TV commercial, the logo's wavelengths take different shapes; one of which is Mike Score's hairstyle as the guitar riff for "I Ran (So Far Away)" plays on the background.
  • In the Larry the Cable Guy Christmas Special, Tony Orlando and Larry look at photographs of the past and sees a picture of Larry with Mike Score's hairstyle. Orlando says, "Look at that! The 80s!" Larry replies, "No, that was actually last year. I just like Flock of Seagulls."
  • In an episode of Family Guy titled "One If by Clam, Two If by Sea", Peter can be seen with a haircut similar to Mike Score's in the beginning of the episode.
  • In the swiffer commercial, an 80's DJ imitates the hairstyle.
  • The band is referenced in Austin Powers: The Spy who Shagged Me when Austin Powers says "The 70s and the 80s? You're not missing anything, believe me. I've looked into it. There's a gas shortage and A Flock of Seagulls. That's about it."[12]

Grammy Award

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


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