A Flock of Seagulls

A Flock of Seagulls are an English modernist pop band that was initially active during the first half of the 1980s. The band took its name from a line in the climactic verse of the epic “Toiler on the Sea” by The Stranglers.

Hailing from Liverpool, A Flock of Seagulls achieved iconic status with their highly acclaimed, mega-selling debut album. With the singles “Space Age Love Song,” “Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You),” and the era-defining evergreen “I Ran,” the band played a pivotal role in the Second British Invasion that swept America in 1982–83. Their success was owed in part to MTV, which placed the band’s clips in high rotation just as the channel was first becoming a U.S. household fixture. 

Members: Mike Score (vocals, keyboards, guitar), Ali Score (drums, 1980-86), Frank Maudsley (bass, 1980-86), Willie Woo (guitar, 1980), Paul Reynolds (guitar, 1980-84), Gary Steadnin (guitar, 1984-85), Chris Chryssaphis (keyboards, 1984-85)

A Flock of Seagulls were formed in 1980 by ex-hairdresser Mike Score, who had spent the prior year playing bass in the Liverpudlian small-press one-off Tontrix, which also featured vocalist Hambi Haralambous — future Hambi & the Dance frontman — and soon-to-be Adam & the Ants drummer Chris Hughes.

For their initial recordings, A Flock of Seagulls were produced by Bill Nelson, who issued the band’s first single, “Talking,” on his Cocteau label in 1981. A stately slice of Ultravoxian modern rock, the record helped codify the band’s guitar/synth-based sonic luminosity.



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