A Flock Of Seagulls are as well known for their hairstyles as for their hit single, ‘I Ran’, but legions of their fans from their early days, as well as those who have joined their musical cult in the years since, recognise that their musical influence on countless bands has been under-appreciated for far too long.
After initially making waves in the underground dance scenes of Europe, their signing to Jive and the release of their debut album in 1982 led to heavy MTV rotation with their singles ‘I Ran’, and ‘Wishing’, with the latter hitting the US Top 40 and the Top Ten in the UK. Further hits, ‘Space Age Love Song’, and ‘The Story of a Young Heart’ couldn’t prevent the band from going their separate ways in 1984, though their iconic sound and image permeated into popular culture, from TV (Chandler’s haircut in ‘Friends’); computer games (‘I Ran’ was the standout track on ‘Grand Theft Auto Radio’); to film (the band and haircuts are referenced in ‘Pulp Fiction’, ‘X-Men’ and ‘The Wedding Singer’).
Their new release, ‘Ascension’ comprises twelve tracks from across the band’s catalogue, recorded by the full original line-up, in studios around the world, all featuring the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. The band have lost none of their power or majesty in the intervening years since their last recordings as a collective and further news will be announced closer to the date.