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?
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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.
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.