A Flock Of Seagulls
“Space Age Love Song (Special Edition)”
Reunited on Record for the first time since 1984 – The 4 Original Members of Grammy Award winning A Flock Of Seagulls.
In the words of VH1 ‘A Flock of Seagulls is a Band Reunited’. For the first time since 1984, all four original members of the band appear on Record together for their new album “Ascension”. The recording puts a new and unique spin on their greatest hits by performing orchestral versions with the Prague Philharmonic providing extra musical backing. “Space Age Love Song” is the first single from that album.
A Flock Of Seagulls may well be known for their bizarrely teased haircuts as much as their hit single ‘I Ran’. A Flock Of Seagulls were one of the prime movers in the 80’s new wave era. Growing out of the synth-heavy and ruthlessly stylish new romantic movement. Hairdresser Mike Score (lead vocals, keyboards) formed A Flock Of Seagulls with his brother Ali (drums) and fellow hairdresser Frank Maudsley (bass) in 1980, adding guitarist Paul Reynolds several months later. 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. 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. ‘Wishing (If I Had a Photograph Of You’ was taken from the group’s second album ‘Listen’ in 1983. The band released 1984’s ‘The Story of A Young Heart’
Mike and Ali moved to the US shortly after basing themselves out of Pennsylvania. The band now as a trio released the album ‘Dream Come True’ in 1986. Ali and Frank left in the years afterwards. Mike released the ‘Light At The End Of The World’ album in 1996. A Flock Of Seagulls never really broke up. Mike carried on touring with session musicians and quietly, surely and steadily the folk lore surrounding the band began to grow. The references in 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, the music is in X-Men, La La Land and The Wedding Singer) cemented the bands 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 in the United States. From 2004 to 2017 Mike was as busy as ever touring the band around the world. In 2017 the band appeared on record together for the first time since 1984. The “Ascension” album was recorded in multiple studios around the world and featured the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra providing backing to their hits.
As a taster to the album we are really pleased to be presenting a 8 track single of ‘Space Age Love Song’. Despite ‘I Ran’ being their biggest hit ‘Space Age’ is the most requested track at gigs and in a recent poll of fans the one they most wanted to hear again. The new orchestral version includes the 50 piece Prague Philharmonic Orchestra at their finest. Next up the music is stripped back and made more electronic with the ‘dub version’ which sounds one part Depeche mode, one part dance floor 1985 and one part seagulls magic. Irish synth trio Tiny Magnetic Pets are next up their rework of the classic. They skillfully mix their 21st century synth pop groove, some sly breakbeats and even some new backing vocals for a masterful version. Their alternate mix also explores new territory. To round off the EP we also feature the Radio & Video Edits version and the ‘Orcapella’ which lets the orchestra shine in all its solo glory.
Mike Score – Keyboards and Vocals
Ali Score – Drums
Frank Maudsley – Bass
Paul Reynolds – Guitar
Written by Mike Score, Ali Score, Frank Maudsley & Paul Reynolds. Published by Zomba Music Publishers.
Produced by John Bryan And Sare Havlicek.
Recorded at Smecky Studio, OD Hunte Studio, Parr Street Studios and Evenform Studios
Engineered by Sare Havlicek, Jan Holzner, OD Hunte, Robin Lee, Jesse Clark & Damian Hasbun
Programming by Sare Havlicek
Prague Philharmonic Orchestra Supervisor James Fitzpatrick
Orchestral Arrangements by Pete Whitfield, Mike Score, John Bryan and Sare Havlicek
Mixed by Sare Havlicek at Tokyorama Studio
Mastered by Yuri Dent
(C) and (P) 2018 August Day
1.Space Age Love Song [Orchestral Version]
2.Space Age Love Song [Dub Version]
3.Space Age Love Song [Tiny Magnetic Pets Remix]
4.Space Age Love Song [Tiny Magnetic Pets Broken Wing Remix]
5.Space Age Love Song [Orcapella One]
6.Space Age Love Song [Orcapella Two]
7.Space Age Love Song [Orchestral Radio Edit]
8.Space Age Love Song [Orchestral Video Edit]