UPDATE: The 80s Come Alive: Telecommunication (A Flock of Seagulls)
Update: @amyzesbaugh, a new twitter buddy and That’s Funky Awesome reader, recently sent me in some personal photos of a concert tee after reading about A Flock of Seagulls in our feature ‘The 80’s Come Alive’. She bought the shirt at a 1983 show at the amazing Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver that also had The Fixx on the same bill. Many thanks to Amy for sending in the pics, and thumbs up to her for being able to keep the shirt so white after 25 years!
If you have any photos of classic tees, ticket stubs, or live shots from an 80’s era concert you were at, I’d love to see them. I might even use them in a future post (with credit given to the sender), so email me at email@example.com!
Looking back at a band like A Flock of Seagulls, you have to wonder what came first for the band: the music or the haircuts. Singer/keyboardist/guitarist Mike Score was a hairdresser before starting the band with drummer brother Ali, and while I don’t have absolute proof I’m willing to bet the songs were written to match the hair. No matter what came first, it made for an interesting soundtrack for the times. ‘Telecommunication’ was one of the first singles released by the band, and although they would find worldwide success later on with songs like ‘I Ran’ and ‘(Wishing) I Had a Photograph of You’, this particular tune had a great balance of nerd chic and fashion cool. Added bonus: drummer Ali Score playing an actual acoustic drum kit, before switching over to the Roland electronic kit made famous in later AFOS videos.
I had originally intended to feature a different AFOS song for this update, but I received an email from my friend Mike Till via Twitter this morning with this video link. I liked this performance better than the one I had picked out, so credit goes to Mr. Till for the find on this one. BTW…watching this clip is like looking in the mirror for Mike. Good times.