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FOR THOSE ABOUT TO FLOCK, WE SALUTE YOU

ONE OF THE FEW BRITISH BANDS OF THE 80s TO BE BIGGER IN THE STATES THAN BACK HOME, A FLOCK OF SEAGULLS WERE KNOWN TO MANY AS MUCH FOR THEIR SENSATIONAL HAIR AND TECHNICOLOUR IMAGE AS HITS LIKE I RAN (SO FAR AWAY) AND WISHING (IF I HAD A PHOTOGRAPH OF YOU). THEY’VE COME BACK TOGETHER AFTER 30 YEARS FOR AN ORCHESTRAL REWORKING OF THEIR BIGGEST TUNES – AND SINGER MIKE SCORE TELLS CLASSIC POP IT’S ABOUT TIME THE BAND REFORMED PROPERLY…
Score draw: Could a full reunion of A Flock Of Seagulls, led by Mike Score, soon become a reality?

A Flock Of Seagulls singer Mike Score is aware of his band’s image. To this day, “A Flock Of Seagulls” is used as shorthand for bizarre hair in pop culture referencing the 80s, up to current Netflix smash Stranger Things.

It’s a status Mike is relatively comfortable with. “I didn’t think our image ever dominated the music – but I know MTV thought it did,” he admits. “For a long time, people came to see us for the band’s image. I get that, because I’m the same with Kiss. To me, Kiss’ music is rubbish – but I’d love to see Kiss to see them! Over the years, people have realised that there’s more to us than the image. They’ve realised there are great songs there.”

It’s a well-known story that Score’s trademark “winged” haircut came about largely by accident. With Mike having gone for a virtual mohican at first, bassist Frank Maudsley patted the singer’s hair before an early gig, with the resulting flattened look becoming the unique style former hairdresser Score was after. “I was a little space cadet and I wanted to look like an alien,” Mike explains. “My mum used to say, ‘Don’t copy people. Try to be yourself, because that way people will remember you.’ There was a bit of David Bowie and Alice Cooper in how the band looked, without copying them. Looking at photos of that first gig where Frank flattened my hair, I thought, ‘That looks pretty alien’, and I tried to bend it towards being more alien.”

Mike can afford to be calm about A Flock Of Seagulls’ position. There was a lot of turmoil in the band, which meant the original four members haven’t been in the same room since a short-lived reunion tour in the US in 2003. But they came together last year to work on music for the first time since 1984, albeit remotely, for the album Ascension – an orchestral reworking of their biggest songs. In the meantime, the touring line-up of A Flock Of Seagulls fronted by Mike has been busy playing US festivals.

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Issue 52 of Classic Pop is on sale now! This month, we have an exclusive interview with Bryan Adams and get the inside track on his adventure-packed 40 years in music plus we meet Howard Jones who tells us why he's returning to his synth-pop roots for new studio album, Transform. Classic Pop celebrates the 40th anniversary of the 2 Tone movement by speaking to those who made it happen including Jerry Dammers, Lynval Golding, Pauline Black and Ranking Roger; hip-hop legends De La Soul reveal the ties that have kept them together since their 1989 breakout LP 3 Feet High And Rising and we also talk to Toyah Willcox who explains why she's revisiting her 2008 album In The Court Of The Crimson Queen. Elsewhere, we interview Erasure's Andy Bell, pop tunesmith Guy Chambers and A Flock Of Seagulls. We also have unseen photos of Nick Heyward and Haircut 100. Our Classic Album is Soul II Soul's Club Classics Vol One and we serve up a buyer's guide to Japan and David Sylvian. Our packed new album reviews section includes Howard Jones, Morrissey, The Cranberries and The Waterboys. On the reissues front, Stephen Duffy's wonderful I Love My Friends makes its debut on vinyl plus there are re-releases from Heaven 17, Stevie Nicks, Julian Cope and more. In our live reviews section, we check out gigs by The Specials, Giorgio Moroder, Emika and Stewart Copeland.