A Flock of Seagulls were one of THE most iconic bands of the 1980s, known for their outlandish haircuts, a tribute to the power of hairspray. Criminally, their music output is less celebrated in many circles, partly as their success was centered more in the United States than the United Kingdom. This is finally set to be redressed as all four original members return to the recording studio for the first time since their mid-80s break-up.
2018 is definitely the year of the orchestral reworking, with fellow popsters, Ultravox, also employing a full orchestra to re-work their tracks. AFOS have also returned to their original material and have re-recorded all elements, which far from sounding stale and reinvigorated them immensely, the sweeping strings and horn sections really beefing up the already rather majestic choruses. Lesser hit “Space Age Love Song”, a lost classic, is the first track to be released from the album, “Ascension”, though fans will be delighted to learn that the tracks with which they are most associated: “I Ran” and “Wishing” (If I Had a Photograph of You). The album is out now and is highly recommended.