Tuesday, October 14, 2008

A Flock of Seagulls: I Ran !1982)

It was the height of early 1980s pop-pretension. A Flock of Seagulls, with their bizarrely haute-couture-coiffed lead singer Mike Score, was soaring up the charts with "I Ran (So Far Away)".

The signature song of one of the 80s' most distinctive-looking and prototypical New Wave acts went a little something like this...

Due to the original band name, Mike Score's memorable haircut (parodied recently in a Diet Pepsi commercial), and some creative but very synthy songwriting and arrangements, this band tends to be one of the first to be mentioned as an example of why people either love or hate the 1980s.

Here is a live performance of the song from 1983.

And this live version, also from 1983, I much prefer...

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