Magic

A Flock Of Seagulls
“Magic”
1989 GNP Crescendo (US)
GNPD 1208

01 Magic (Radio Mix)
02 Magic (Extended Radio Mix)
03 Magic (Dance With Vocal)
04 Magic (Dance Instrumental)

There’s no shame in expressing admiration for A Flock Of Seagulls—the group’s first three LPs are eminently listenable. However, the band started to fall apart after the departure of guitarist Paul Reynolds (a vastly underrated talent) in 1984. Brothers Mike and Ali Score and bassist Frank Maudsley soldiered on to produce “Dream Come True”, released in 1986. Unfortunately, the album tanked, the band broke up, and the dream died.

Unbeknownst to me at the time, Mike Score was living in my hometown of Philadelphia, PA during the mid-to-late 1980s, having relocated from Liverpool. In 1988, Score assembled a new Flock, comprised of fellow UK expats and local talent from the Philly area. The new lineup recorded a single, “Magic”, issued in 1989. Hardly magical, the tepid tune went unnoticed, but would reappear six years later on “The Light At The End Of The World”, the fifth and final album released by Score as A Flock Of Seagulls.

Posted on April 20, 2017, in A Flock Of Seagulls. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I liked this album, “Burning Up” was a great pop gem, you wouldn’t have that CD single by chance?, lost mine a long time ago and I remember the single version differed from the album version… a tad better and tighter mix. Thanks as always for this Shelf!

    • Sorry Sandman – I don’t have the “Burning Up” single. Finally got round to buying that album only last year – found it disappointing (although not sure why I would have expected more). Like “Burning Up”, the re-recorded version of “Magic” is also watered down.

      Did you know that Mike Score released a proper solo album in 2014? Nothing to write home about, but also not the worst thing I’ve ever heard.

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