I Ran (So Far Away)/Pick Me Up (A. Score, P. Reynolds, M. Score, F. Maudsley)
Jive Records VS 102
Lineup at the time:
Mike Score—Lead Vocals, keyboards
Frank Maudsley—Bass Guitar
Paul Reynolds—Lead Guitar
There are a lot of things that bring a song to major popularity. In the case of A Flock of Seagulls and “I Ran (So Far Away)” it was a certainly a matter of unique circumstances combined with the right song.
Mike Score created the band in Liverpool in 1980 and by 1982 the group evolved to the lineup listed above. They had already hit the dance charts with 1981’s, “Telecommunication” which reach the dance top 20 (#19).
The next single was, “I Ran (So Far Away)”. What drove the song home to American audiences was the video. MTV was in its infancy and was in desperate need of videos. The UK record companies was several steps ahead of their US counterparts in the use of videos as a marketing tool, and were more than willing to allow the network use of their videos.
What audiences saw was a futuristic haircut by Mike Score (who had been a hairdresser) which has remained one of the most distinctive looks of a decade which had more than a few of them. It’s interesting to not however, that he hair wasn’t quite as odd in the video. That with the set made up of aluminum foil and mirrors and heavy rotation of all of the British bands drove its rise up the charts.
It was released in the summer of 1982 and reached #9 on the US singles chart. Many thought of this as a one hit wonder, and it WAS the only top 10 single for the band here in the US, however it was certainly not the only hit the band had stateside, we’ll look at another of the songs later. Note that the album version is a bit longer than this, I prefer that version, but since it’s impossible to disconnect the influence of the band without the video, I’ve included it here.