A Flock of Seagulls–Heartbeat Like a Drum (1986)

Heartbeat Like a Drum–1986

Lineup at this time: Mike Score—lead vocals, keyboards, Frank Maudsley—Bass Guitar, Ali Score—Drums

One of the things I attempt to do here is tell stories, share opinions, and provide some insight on songs that you’ve never heard about, or really didn’t think you cared about (until now of course…)

As you saw in our last blog, if you were not around in the early 80’s, it’s hard to conceive how big of a deal groups like A Flock of Seagulls were to the musical landscape. The relationship between these groups, mostly British, and MTV were impossible to under appreciate. However, as Music Television began to grow it didn’t take long for most synth pop to become passé.

Revisionist history, oldies radio, and just time itself relegates, “I Ran (So Far Away)” THE hit for the band, and while it was their only top 10, they did have several other top 40 hits. “Space Age Love Song” and “Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)” finished up 1982 in a strong manner. After that however, it didn’t take long for American audiences to forget. There was only one more visit to the top 100, 1984’s “The More You Live, the More You Love” which was their last international hit. It was pretty much all over for the group, whose sound was mostly atmospheric and the underrated sound of guitarist Paul Reynolds.

This song however was recorded near the end as they made a move to Philadelphia in an odd attempt to put some soul into their sound. This is the result, and it was shortly after the band broke up. Mike Score put together a group around him a couple of years later, but the original group never worked together again save for a short tour in 2003/04. Score attempted a solo career in 2013.