A Flock of Seagulls is remembered for two things.
Some people fondly recall the Liverpool quartet for its 1982 single -- and accompanying MTV mega-hit video -- "I Ran (So Far Away)," as well as a steady string of other hazy, early-'80s Duran Duran-isms.
But to the average North American pop music consumer, this iconic New Wave crew can be metonymically reduced to one cartoonish element: The completely ridiculous, big-ass hair.
What is it about the Seagulls coif that's obsessed pop-culture commentary to this day? Why has The Flock become the definitive reference point for any and all overblown pop hairstyles (i.e. "Dude looks like a member of A Flock of Seagulls")? Hadn't punk already desensitized the masses to ridiculous 'dos?
It isn't entirely fair, though, to conflate the mohawks and liberty spikes of the '77 generation with the teased poofs of Thatcher-era pop. Radio-ready New Wave, as epitomized by AFoS, was a high-fructose sweetening of punk's stomp, rhythm, and snarls.
So fittingly enough, the way that musicians idiosyncratically styled their hair became much less threatening and much more, uh, poofy.
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A Flock of Seagulls with Erotic Exotic. Friday, May 11. Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami. The show starts at 10 p.m. and tickets cost $20 plus fees via fla.vor.us. Call 305-377-2277 or visit grandcentralmiami.com.