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Flock of Seagulls singer Mike Score recalls the night success with ‘I Walked’: ‘It was a little too much’

A Flock of Seagulls when: Ali Score, Paul Reynolds, Mike Score and Frank Maudsley.

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As a Liverpool-based barber with his own band in the ’80s, Mike Score, knew that he wanted to distinguish itself from the other young boys of England, eager to stand out with their style, but he had no idea of his signature look that would define an era to this day.

“The kids came in and have crazy colors and crazy designs done to their hair,” Flock of Seagulls frontman told Fox News. “For them, it was their weekend release. During the week they had their job and with their hair combed flat beautiful.

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“But in the weekends, she wanted to look colorful, a little crazy and do things to show their individuality. I think in a group and look at all that — it showed me the way to be an individual it was very striking and have a different style from anyone.”

The now 60-year-old, who was inspired by David Bowie and Alice Cooper, longed to be a sci-fi space cadet. And he did just that with his hair.

He changed his electric blonde mane in a beautiful, dramatic ‘do seems to be towering wings, together with a downward blow, in the middle, covering one eye. It was the signature look for A Flock of Seagulls, as well as for a whole decade.

The hair is long gone and the original line-up has since disintegrated, but Scoring continues to perform for the fans with a new version of his group.

Mike Score today.

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He is currently gearing up for the Lost 80s Live! tour this summer, and features popular acts of the time, including Men Without Hats, Boys Don’t Cry and Bow Wow Wow, among others.

And a song the public will expect to hear from the Score is the 1982 hit, “I came,” one that he, in the first instance do not suspect would ever have a night with the sensation.

“We were rehearsing and we have a kind of instrumental that was going to have to put in “I Walked” later, ” Score recalled. “But we have no texts. So one day we went to a local record company in Liverpool called Zoo Records… They had a picture from the ’50s, a flying saucer with a man and a woman are walking.

“It was one of the best photos I’ve ever seen in sci-fi. So when we went to rehearse, I have found myself in the position of those people, run away from the flying saucer… As I remember it, “I Ran” is actually kind of wrote itself.”

When it came to the music video, that looked like a small room covered wall-to-wall with aluminum foil and surrounded by mirrors, Score says not much thought in that creation.

“We had an incredible amount of money,” Score explained. “I think we have four hours to create a video… It was for a few thousand pounds in England. MTV had just started, so our record company was desperate to get something.

“So it was, literally, the [label] and said, ‘You’re going to make a music video. Go get nice clothes. Create your picture.’ We want to come in the afternoon, the making of the video, and watched it that night and then was on a plane to MTV in New York City, in a day or two. It was right away.”

The fame came just as fast, and A Flock of Seagulls, originally prepared to make heads turn, was not ready for the hungry fandom that would unfold.

“Really, it was a bit much,” said Score. “We went from playing colleges… to play with The Go-Go’s and The Police for 20,000 and 100,000 people in less than nine months. For us, it was a kind of mind-bending and very scary. It is quite scary to look back. I thought: ‘Wow, we grow up so fast. I hope we don’t fall off the edge.'”

A Flock of Seagulls were on the stage at the Hollywood Bowl where The Beatles played, as well as at Madison Square Garden. Listeners from both sides of the pond, following the example of the hairstyle that tried to defy gravity.

But when the cameras were not around the Score, said his companions were experiencing various kinds of emotions while trying to cope with fame.

“I think that the problem is with the original band,” he said. “We have never been taught how to deal with it well.”

Then in the 90s came. And together with an army of bands from Seattle produce darker, heavier tracks that would be labelled grunge. Many groups from the decade of history disappeared as quickly as they came.

Score was relieved.

“The industry basically collapsed,” he said. “… I didn’t expect it to last as long as it did. We had a good four, five years. Now I could go play few gigs and a musician, myself, and try to enjoy it. of the problem when you great is that you don’t really can enjoy, for every moment of your time is taken up with interviews, travel shows, banquets, parties, recovering from parties. We had about three years, really, I don’t know what happened.”

As a Score for the relationship with “I Ran”? It’s complicated.

“I love it and I hate it all at once,” he said. “I think it’s great, because it was a great success and I love playing it to people who love. I hate it because I don’t think it’s the best song we’ve ever written. ‘Like’ and ‘Space Age’ are both better than ‘I Ran.’ They became hits as well, but I think that they were better songs. When we finished writing ‘I Walked,’ we kind of put away.

“It was not until we went to the album, and we were told that this was going to be a huge hit. We thought ‘Well, whatever.’ I think they knew the markets better than we do. We thought sci-fi, they thought America…. We were just a band doing our thing, but they were the ones who had to make it and sell it.”

And while he still looks back at the past and laughs, he said: there are not really plans to reform the original line-up. In May, Billboard reported they recorded music for the first time since 1984.

“We have just made a new album and a video together,” said Score. “It was good to hang out with the other boys. And I can only tell you from my point of view. It was fun to see them and talk to them… I would not mind, say to record with them.

“But I don’t want to spend so much time with them, because it was 30 years ago, it was a certain atmosphere, a certain amount of time. And for me, I’ve moved on a long way in the past that to do what I do now. I actually enjoy what I’m doing now more than I did way back then.”

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