I Ran (So Far Away)

THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………………..on October 18th of 1982 Flock of Seagulls peak at #9 on Billboard with “I Ran (So Far Away)”. Taken from the LP “A Flock Of Seagulls” it is the opening song of the album, which is a concept piece about an alien invasion of earth. The song itself describes a person seeing an attractive female – he becomes anxious and wants to run away from his feelings but he can’t forget her. Then they are both abducted by the aliens.The imaginative (for the time) video broke the band in the US during the early days of MTV. The video was directed by Anthony Van Den Ende, who later did Killing Joke’s “Eighties” and the Melissa Etheridge’s “Like the Way I Do” and “Bring Me Some Water.” The video shows the lead singer Mike Score sporting a distinctive hairstyle resembling a seagull in flight. He is in a room covered from floor to ceiling with aluminum foil and also floor mirrors in which you can see the reflection of the cameras. Along with Duran Duran, Thompson Twins, and ABC, A Flock of Seagulls was a British pop band who owed their American success almost entirely to MTV. Mike Score, along with the band’s bass player Frank Maudsley, were hairdressers, and they put their skills to use in creating that distinctive hairstyle that not only defined the group, but entered the pop culture landscape.The video cost just £5,000 to make, but it gave a huge return. For Mike Score, the novelty wore off quickly, as his hair was much more famous than he was. He rarely got to talk about his music because interviewers were always asking about the hair.This was A Flock Of Seagulls biggest hit in the US, but in the UK they enjoyed a bigger hit with “Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You),” which reached #10. Flock leader Mike Score said in a VH1 interview: “Every time I perform live, everyone just wants to hear ‘I Ran’… I’m sick of it!” The song was not huge hit in the band’s native UK where it only reached #43.