A Flock of Seagulls, back in the day when New Wave was in and America hadn’t been hit by New Coke yet.
Yes, that same eighties one-hit wonder band that you thought had long since been disbanded is still alive and performing.
Notice that we didn’t say “alive and well”. That’s because the only original band member of the oceanic birds has been the lead singer and keyboardist, Mike Score, a former hairdresser whose wavy, oversized avarian hairstyle became the band’s trademark.
The band is perhaps best known for its 1982 hit “I Ran (So Far Away)”. Over the years, band members have come and gone, but the U.K. band still travels and performs.
In fact, they’re scheduled to perform a concert October 10 at the auditorium of San Antonio East Central High School. Ponderings From Pluto has obtained a set list of what A Flock of Seagulls will perform in their concert:
1. Tuning instruments while lead singer Score tells a funny story told to him by Prince Charles’ personal dentist
2. Thanking the crowd for attending and encouraging them to download “I Ran”, even if it’s through Limewire or an illegal site.
3. I Ran
4. Guitar solo
5. I Ran — acoustic version
6. Keyboard solo
7. I Ran — bluegrass version
8. I Ran — death metal version
9. Bass solo
10. I Ran — opera version
11. I Ran — tejano version with Spanish lyrics (“Weird Al” Yankovic is rumored to make a guest appearance with his accordion)
12. Drum solo
13. I Ran — techno version
14. Restroom break for band
Encore — “I Ran” sang to the tune of KISS’s song “Rock and Roll All Nite”
As for the Seagulls’ concert rider, we learn they have some extremely strict backstage demands:
1. Running water
2. Ritz crackers
3. Bathrooms that have been cleaned in the past two weeks
4. Three 12-packs of toilet paper, store brand’s ok
5. A microwave
6. Assortment of Swanson frozen TV dinners
7. Three loaves of Wonder bread
8. A tin of biscuits (NOTE: biscuits are what you Americans refer to as COOKIES)
9. Assorted disposable drinking and eating utensils.
10. Two bottles each of red and white wine. If it’s not asking too much, we prefer Corbet Canyon wine (we don’t know if it’s good, but the commercials are kind of cool)
12. Two rooms at a nearby Motel 6 (we’ll also use those as dressing rooms)
In case you were wondering about the song, here it is for your viewing pleasure
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