Following up on their 2018 “Ascension” album, the band return with the second instalment of their Orchestral Hits opus- ‘String Theory’.
The new album includes 11 new recordings of some of their classic hits and fan favourites. Featuring the Prague Philharmonic and other orchestras, which adds an extra orchestral backing to hits such as ‘Messages’, ‘Say You Love Me’ and ‘The More You Live The More You Love’, ‘Remember David’ and ‘The Story of A Young Heart.’
All four original members make an appearance on the album; A Flock of Seagulls may well be known for their bizarrely teased haircuts, as much as their hit single ‘I Ran’.
Once prime movers in the 80’s new wave era, Mike Score (vocals and keyboards) with his brother, Ali Score (drums), and friends bassist Frank Maudsley and guitarist Paul Reynolds became famous for their out of the synth-heavy and ruthlessly stylish new romantic movement.
Their 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. You can catch the music video here.
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. After that, the band released 1984’s “The Story of A Young Heart”, which fielded the hit “The More You Live, The More You Love”.
A Flock Of Seagulls are famous for their music but also famous for their references in popular 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, X-Men and The Wedding Singer).
This cemented the band’s 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 one-off performance on the VH1 series Bands Reunited. In September 2004, they reformed again and did a brief tour of the United States. From 2004 to 2021, Mike was as busy as ever, touring the band around the world. In 2019 the band appeared on record together for their “Ascension” album. The original all appear on record together for ‘String Theory’.
String Theory is due to be released on 20th August.
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Words by Chloe Neal