For the first time since 1984, all four original members of A Flock Of Seagulls, one of the most iconic bands of the 1980’s 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 renowned Prague Philharmonic Orchestra providing the backing. Growing out of the synth-heavy and ruthlessly stylish new romantic movement, Mike Score (lead vocals, keyboards) along with his brother Ali (drums); Frank Maudsley (bass) and guitarist Paul Reynolds have transcended the music scene to become icons for the whole decade.
A Flock of Seagulls may well be known for their bizarrely extravagant haircuts as much as their hit single I Ran, but legions of their fans from their early days, as well as those who have joined their musical cult in the years since, recognise that their musical influence on countless bands has been under-appreciated for far too long. After initially making waves in the underground dance scenes of Europe, their signing to Jive and the release of their debut album in 1982 led to heavy MTV rotation with their singles I Ran and Wishing, with the latter hitting the US Top 40 and the Top Ten in the UK. Further hits, Space Age Love Song and The Story of a Young Heart couldn’t prevent the band from going their separate ways in 1984, though their iconic sound and image permeated into popular culture, from TV (Chandler’s haircut in Friends); computer games (“I Ran” was the standout track on Grand Theft Auto Radio) to film (the band and haircuts are referenced in Pulp Fiction, X-Men and The Wedding Singer).
Ascension comprises twelve tracks from across the band’s catalogue, recorded by the full original line-up in studios around the world, all featuring the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. The band have lost none of their power or majesty in the intervening years since their last recordings as a collective and further news will be announced closer to the date.
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