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A Flock of Seagulls - "Say You Love Me"

Review by Patrick Joseph

“Say You Love Me” is a refreshing take on a classic song. The orchestral arrangement suits the mood of the song perfectly, adding an emotional layer without detracting at all from the energy of the original. The overall sound of this track is massive. Listeners will be swirling in the dimensions of a full, layered mix. The intensity of the rhythm track is impressive, and the smoothness and clarity of the string section are beautiful.

Lyrically, “Say You Love Me” lives in a sweet realm.

“Say you love me, Come on say you do, Say you need me, Just like I need you.”

The powerful combination of lyrics and musical accompaniment is irresistible.

“I still remember, When our eyes first met, There's something about you, That I just can't forget.”

The nostalgic feeling evoked by this music comes alive and lives again in this reimagining, like having a new conversation with a distanced friend.

The new arrangement of “Say You Love Me” blends timeless retro sensibilities and eternal classical poignance with the punchy, high-definition sound of the day. A phenomenal string arrangement reimagines synthesizer lines and supports guitar melodies. The lead vocal is expressive and engaging. The blend of the instruments is a fantastic amalgam of decades in popular music. Overall, this is a love song that has stood the test of time reimagined and packaged with even more depth. A true gem.


About A Flock of Seagulls

A Flock Of Seagulls may well be known for their bizarrely teased haircuts as much as their hit single "I Ran". A Flock Of Seagulls was one of the prime movers in the 80's new wave era. Growing out of the synth-heavy and the ruthlessly stylish new romantic movement. 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... "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 UK, "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" in 1983. The band released 1984's "The Story of A Young Heart" which fielded the hit "The More You Live, The More You Love".

A Flock Of Seagulls are famous for their music but also famous for their references in popular culture from TV (Chandler’s Haircut in Friends), Computer Games ("I Ran" was the standout track on Grand Theft Auto Radio), Film (The band and haircut are referenced in Pulp Fiction, X-Men and The Wedding Singer). This cemented the band's reputation and brought the band to a whole new legion of fans.

In 2003, the original line-up of Mike, Ali, Frank, and Paul reunited for a one-off performance on the VH1 series Bands Reunited. In September 2004, they reformed again and did a brief tour of the United States. From 2004 to 2021 Mike was as busy as ever touring the band around the world. In 2019 the band appeared on record together for their "Ascension" album. The original all appear on record together for 'String Theory.'

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