A Flock of Seagulls have been slipping into your subconsciousness for years, you just don’t know it. From popular american sitcoms to world renowned video games and iconic cult films, the 80’s new wave outfit have been referenced throughout our modern popular culture. So to celebrate the band’s return, we’re giving you an education on the band you know all too well (without knowing it).
If you’re a Friends-loving millennial just like me, chances are you’ve seen Chandler Bing’s horrific high school haircut in The One with All the Thanksgivings but like me, you had no idea what it’s referencing. Well, in case you’re still slow on the uptake: Chandler’s barnet is the reincarnation of AFOS lead singer Mike Score. It might be the most eighties thing to ever have happened.
Grand Theft Auto
A Flock Of Seagulls calling card hit ‘I Ran (So Far Away)’ experienced somewhat of a revival in 2002 when it appeared as the signature them for everyone’s favourite hit’n’run video game, Grand Theft Auto. The tune was played during the game’s television commercials and during gameplay on the radio station Wave 103.
In the iconic film Burr Steers’ character, Roger, is dubbed ‘Flock of Seagulls’ because of his Mike Score-esque haircut. Naturally, it wasn’t long before Urban Dictionary swiped the term and made it official. Next time you want to comment on how band someone’s haircut is, call them Flock of Seagulls. They’ll be bewildered and offended.
You may have watched X-Men Apocalypse but did you clock the Egyptian song blaring from the boombox in the Cairo market scene? That, my friends, is an Egyptian cover of A Flock of Seagulls’ most famous tune ‘I Ran (So Far Away). Bet you’ve never heard a cover version like that on BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge.
The Wedding Singer
If you’re looking for an education in 80’s music, this Adam Sandler film will tell you everything you need to know, but one of the most memorable references in the film is to AFOS. Towards the end of the film, Adam Sandler’s character Robbie races through the airport to tell a woman he loves her, only to be greeted at the ticket desk by an airline employee sporting the unmistakable haircut of Mike Score. Take a look below.
For the first time since 1984, all four original members of A Flock of Seagulls appear on-record together for brand new album ‘Ascension’. The recording puts a new and unique spin on their greatest hits by performing orchestral versions with the Prague Philharmonic providing the backing. Having recorded the offering in studios around the world during the past year, the heroes of British new wave era are ready to bring home the victory for a summer release.
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