A Flock Of Seagulls
A Flock Of Seagulls
is sometimes known as just Flock Of Seagulls. The flock was started by Mike Score(keyboard and vocal) and his brother, Ali(drum player), in 1979, in Liverpool, England. They recruited Frank Maudsley (bass player), and Paul Reynolds (guitar player). They were most recognized for their 1980's song, I Ran So Far Away, and their MTV video of the song. Mike was previously a hairdresser but he also played the guitar, keyboard, and sang vocals. The band got their name from the song, Toiler On the Sea, by The Stranglers. The song is on their album, Black and White. The group began writing songs and playing in clubs trying to get a recording contract. Their debut album, which was self titled, A Flock of Seagulls, is about an alien abduction with UFO’s on the cover of the album. Frank Reynolds left the group in 1980 and this left only three so the trio kept going as a threesome and they continued on tour.
Mike and Ali wanted to base the band in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They sold out 4 shows in a row in Philadelphia. The three settled in Philadelphia after they applied for and were conditionally granted Green Cards. Later Maudsley returned to England but the Score brothers stayed in Philadelphia. The two brothers split up because of some misunderstanding and Mike was the only member of the group left. Ali went to Boston, Massachusetts and played in a hard rock band for a while then worked for a computer company in Cambridge, Massachusetts. At this same time two of the groups videos were released and it was the last time the three were together, to record anything, until 2004. The two videos were, Who’s That Girl, and Heartbeat Like A Drum. The album, Dream Come True was also released in 1984, and Mike came back with a new group with changing members. They released 2 singles which were called, Magic and Burning Up, plus one album named, The Light At the End Of the World. The album and the singles received minor success. The band made a cameo appearance in the movie, The Suburbans, in 1999, which starred Jennifer Love Hewitt and Will Ferrell.
In 2003, the original line-up reunited for a one time performance on the VH1 series, Bands Reunited. In 2004 the band reformed again and played some live shows in the United States but broke up again afterwards. Mike Score still tours with new members. The other originals have retired from the music business.
Mike Score’s hair style has been the talk of the media and has been copied by many. The 1984 music video, Through the Looking Glass, was released in the U. K. And it consisted of the group’s 1981 to 1984 songs on it. This VHS video is very rare today. The group released 5 albums and 18 singles during their career.
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