Search for A Flock of Seagulls on the internet or mention them in conversation to certain generations and two things will almost certainly crop up. Lead singer Michael Score's hair and the fact the band are referenced in Pulp Fiction. Their huge hit Wishing (I Had A Photograph of You) still gets heavy rotation on radio stations around the world, but the rest of their musical legacy is rather less well known than Score's extravagant 80s quiff.
Here, in a lovingly put together collection, there are 7 inch and 12 inch versions of songs from their heyday in the early to mid eighties. Seventeen tracks across two discs, including many that haven't been issued on CD before. What is telling though is the surprising variety and adventure, indicating a band that were not as limited as their 'one hit wonder' tag might suggest. I Ran (So far Away) and Space Age Love Song stand up pretty well alongside their bit hit, which is tellingly featured here four times in various versions.
Through much of the collection you can hear evidence of how their sound has been transported into the noughties and beyond, with bands like White Lies definitely influenced by the layered guitar and keyboard mix. Remixes and Rarities is a slightly niche release, but there is plenty here that entertains and surprises. The artwork in the booklet is excellent too, covering all their lyrics and discography.
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