An Awesome Fest Event
A Flock of Seagulls
DJ Robert Drake
1003 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
A Flock of Seagulls
As well-known for their bizarrely teased haircuts as their hit single "I Ran (So Far Away)," A Flock of Seagulls were one of the infamous one-hit wonders of the new wave era. Growing out of the synth-heavy and ruthlessly stylish new romantic movement, A Flock of Seagulls were a little too robotic and arrived a little too late to be true new romantics, but their sleek dance-pop was forever indebted to the short-lived movement. The group benefitted considerably from MTV's heavy rotation of the "I Ran" video in the summer of 1982.
Hairdresser Mike Score (lead vocals, keyboards) formed A Flock of Seagulls with his brother Ali (drums) and fellow hairdresser Frank Maudsley (bass) in 1980, adding guitarist Paul Reynolds several months later. The group released its debut EP on Cocteau Records early in 1981, and while the record failed to chart, its lead track, "Telecommunication," became an underground hit in Euro-disco and new wave clubs. The band signed a major-label contract with Jive by the end of the year, and their eponymous debut album appeared in the spring of 1982. "I Ran (So Far Away)" was released as the first single from the album, and MTV quickly picked up on its icily attractive video, which featured long shots of Mike Score and his distinctive, cascading hair. The single climbed into the American Top Ten, taking the album along with it. In the U.K., "I Ran" didn't make the Top 40, but "Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)" reached number ten later that year; in America, that single became a Top 40 hit in 1983, after "Space Age Love Song" peaked at number 30. "Wishing" was taken from the group's second album, Listen (1983), which was moderately successful.
The band released 1984's The Story of a Young Heart failed to produce any hit singles but Reynolds left after the album and was replaced by Gary Steadnin; the band also added keyboardist Chris Chryssaphis. The new lineup was showcased on 1986's Dream Come True. Shortly after its release, the band broke up. Mike Score assembled a new lineup of A Flock of Seagulls in 1989, releasing the single "Magic" and touring the U.S.A. The band continued to tour worldwide, although with major changes to its members, and in 1996 released a new album, The Light at the End of the World.
DJ Robert Drake
Robert Drake began spinning the new wave sounds when they were NEW wave sounds, working in various underground clubs in Philadelphia during the gritty era of 1981-1990. From off-radar spots like The Love Club to commanding nights at Philly's premier alternative hotspots The Kennel Club, Omni's and a few special nights at NYC's Danceteria, the Rock of the 80s became his passion.
In 1988, he began a wonderful journey at WXPN-FM, where he's worn dozens of various hats over the past 25 years; including producing Kids Corner; America's longest-running daily radio show for kids. Since 2003, Drake has helped shape Philly's nightlife scene by introducing the New Wave genre to a whole new generation of ears with his monthly Sex Dwarf dance party to hosting Land Of The Lost ; a 4-hour block of the Rock of the 80s on WXPN .. it's all about the music!
And all that love and all that work have rewards: Drake was named 'Best DJ in Philadelphia' and Sex Dwarf the 'Best Dance Party in Philly' by the readers of the Philadelphia City Paper in their Readers Choice Awards.
Additionally, Drake has had the honor to share his unique new wave mix live as the opening act for such icons as The Psychedelic Furs, Gang Of Four, The B-52s, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, The Buzzcocks, and now Modern English!