With a brief reign in the top 40, A Flock of Seagulls helped establish a stylish new romantic movement in pop. With lush synthesizers the sleek dance pop earned the band one big hit and a handful of other songs that made the US charts. In their native UK, the band scored about twice as many hits in the peak years of the early 80s.
Bandleader Mike Score was a hairdresser when he started the band, recruiting his brother Ali and another hairdresser Frank Maudsley to complete the band. Ali left and the band shuffled a bit before the classic lineup was set. After a few minor hits in the UK A Flock of Seagulls hit it big with 1982s’ I Ran which became an international hit. Hair remained a distinctive part of the band’s look, with Score sporting an unusual winged hairstyle.
A Flock of Seagulls placed songs on the charts in the US through the mid 80s, but after four albums the band broke up in 1988. Numerous reformations have occurred with various lineups arranged around Mike Score. In 2018 the original band reunited to record with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, and this year the group released a second album of orchestral versions of their music.
The band won a Grammy in 1983 for their instrumental D.N.A. Now almost forty years after their peak, the band has drawn mixed historical reviews. Their dramatic style has drawn praise from critics for its’ pioneering look and the low budget music video for I Ran is remembered fondly. On the other side The Guardian declared the band to have been dreadful, and an example of the excess of the 80s.