A Flock of Seagulls
Then: A Flock of Seagulls were the perfect band for 1982. They had crazy haircuts, a near-perfect New Wave single and a video for MTV. The video in question looks like it was filmed over the course of about 10 minutes inside a trashcan – but that didn't matter. MTV played the hell out of "I Ran (So Far Away)," and before they knew it, A Flock of Seagulls were opening up for the Police at stadiums. Their 1983 follow-up LP was called Listen, but fans opted not to do that and the group split up three years later. As big as "I Ran" was, today the band is more remembered for its signature look, masterminded by frontman and former hairdresser Mike Score.
Now: Mike Score formed a new version of A Flock of Seagulls after the original lineup disintegrated, and he's been touring the nostalgia circuit ever since. He's pretty bald these days, so the haircut is long gone, but the group still does a ton of gigs. Catch them this summer on tour with fellow Eighties acts like The Escape Club, Boys Don't Cry and When In Rome UK. The original lineup briefly got back together in 2003 on VH1's Bands Reunited, but the other three guys returned to their day jobs after a few shows. Pro tip: If you see the current lineup, don't spend the whole time waiting for "I Ran." Their other hit from that year, "Space Age Love Song," is just as awesome.