Monday, May 4, 2015

"Space Age Love Song" by A Flock of Seagulls

Song#:  1247
Date:  11/13/1982
Debut:  83
Peak:  30
Weeks:  18
Genre:  New Wave, Synthpop

Pop Bits:  The band's unusual first single "I Ran" was a bit of an unexpected hit reaching #9. The album was also successful reaching #10 and going gold. This second single didn't do quite as well and was only able to just crack the Top 30.

ReduxReview:  What I think the band did very well was to create something interesting out of a simple chord progression. That droning approach became their signature sound and it served them quite well. I liked it a lot. The album is a terrific synthpop gem and this song was another highlight. The tune is very basic and repetitive, but the atmosphere they create makes it a fun listen. I also like how they produced a big sound out of the synths. A lot of 80s songs got stuck with a cheap Casio sound, but the Seagulls took it to a better, more interesting level. I thought for sure this song would go Top 10, so I was surprised when it stopped at #30.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  In addition to the chart success of the singles and album, the Seagulls also won a Grammy. Their song "D.N.A." from their self-titled album won for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.


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