On Second Thought: A Flock of Seagulls – A Flock of Seagulls (1982)

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It’s time that certain critics got over the band’s name and the singer’s then-seagull haircut, and just listen to the music here without prejudice.

You know the hits from the mighty debut album by Liverpool’s other Fab Four, “Space Age Love Song” and “I Ran (So Far Away),” and — to a lesser extent — “Messages” and “Telecommunication.” But choice album tracks on this New Wave/electro pop classic like “Standing in the Doorway,” “Man Made,” “You Can Run” and the fab instrumental “D.N.A.” are equally as compelling as the hit singles.

Fans are directed to the remastered 2011 reissue from Cherry Pop Records, which included four bonus non-album b-sides (“Pick Me Up,” “Windows,” “Tanglimara” and “Intro”). It was really cool to have them all now in one spot on CD. The version included there of their biggest hit, “I Ran (So Far Away),” is the longer album version with the spacey intro. There’s also a full discography and picture sleeve photos included with the liner notes.

Seagulls fans should also check out Cherry Pop’s reissue of the equally essential and in many ways better second album, 1983’s Listen — which included the hit “Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You).” Their lesser third and fourth albums have also been reissued by Cherry Pop.

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Steve Elliott

Steve Elliott

Steve Elliott has written for Shindig, Twist and Shake, Garage & Beat and Ugly Things. A big fan of all things rock and roll - especially the British Invasion, garage rock, psychedelic, new wave, folk rock, surf and power pop - he was a consultant on Sundazed Music's reissue of 'The Best of Butch Engle & The Styx: No Matter What You Say' in 2000, and has also provided liner notes for Italy's Misty Lane Records. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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