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Podcast: Flock of Seagulls Mike Score

Podcast: Flock of Seagulls Mike Score

Mike Score is Lead Vocalist, Rhythm Guitarist and a founder member of the band, A Flock of Seagulls. The band was one of the most influential of the 1980’s and has shaped much of today’s electronic music.

Mike was a hairdresser in Liverpool until in 1978, when he formed his first band. When this disbanded, he founded A Flock of Seagulls, with his brother Ali Score(Drums), Paul Reynolds (Lead Guitar) and Frank Maudsley (Bass). Mike was now vocalist and played keyboard, guitar and this new line up began relentlessly playing in local bars and venues. This paid off, as they eventually got rewarded with a record contract. Mike brought the band a unique New Romantic style, infusing futuristic notes through pioneering work with synthesisers, experimental vocal tones and space age costumes to create their eccentric image. Mike was also best known for his signature, trademark haircut.

Their self-titled debut album, ‘A Flock of Seagulls’, was released in 1982. The album received a lot of attention, and achieved international success. Their follow up album, ‘Listen’, was released in 1983, and the band went on to an extensive world wide touring regime, playing shows alongside bands like The Psychedelic Furs, The Cars, The Police and The Fixx.

The eventually drifted apart and band broke up, following mixed reviews of their subsequent albums, ‘The Story of a Young Heart’ and ‘Dream Come True’.

When he decided to reform the band again in 1988, the other members declined to join him. Score performed and toured A Flock of Seagulls with an alternative line up. In 1995 he released the album ‘The Light at the End of the World’ which unfortunately did not perform very well commercially, and saw the band fall away again for a while..

In 2013, Score indicated that he had started a solo career and planned to release a solo album followed. These plans were delayed by the theft of the van containing Score’s equipment, clothing and hard drives with the album tracks on. On 1 March 2014, Score released ‘Zeebratta’, his first studio album.

It was announced in 2018, that the original four members of the band would come together to record a new album, featuring the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. The album ‘Ascension’ followed, and was to be their first studio recording since 1984. They got together again for another album, ‘Inflight (The Extended Essentials)’, this time reworking their original hits from the 1980’s, but once again this reunion was short lived.

Mike Score is currently working on various solo projects, and he still tours and performs regularly with his band, spending time in both Liverpool and Florida.

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