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Mike Score


Mike Score is best known as the keyboardist, guitarist and lead singer of the band, A Flock of Seagulls. The band's name was taken from The Stranglers song ‘Toiler on the Sea’ and the book Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Formed by Score in 1980, along with his brother Ali Score, Francis Maudsley and Paul Reynolds, the band had many international hit singles including ‘I Ran (So Far Away)’, ‘Space Age Love Song’, ‘Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)’ and ‘The More You Live, the More You Love’. And their instrumental, ‘D.N.A.’, won a Grammy Award in 1983.


In the VH1 special 100 Greatest Songs of the ‘80s, ‘I Ran (So Far Away)’ was listed at number 55 on the countdown, while on the VH1 special 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 80s, the song was listed at number 2. Although considered a 1980s new wave classic, the song experienced something of a revival in 2002 as the signature theme for the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, being played during the game's TV commercials and during gameplay.


In 2014, Score released a solo album called Zeebratta. The previous year, in July, after a Southern California performance, Score told the Los Angeles Daily News that the rented van that contained $70,000 worth of equipment and the hard drives that stored tracks for Zeebratta had been stolen from a Comfort Inn. Though this had delayed the album's release, he was able to reconstruct it with music files from his home in Florida.


In 2018, Ascension, the band's sixth studio album, was released. Featuring the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, it would be a 10-track album composed of unique renditions of their previous hits and one new song. It is the first album since 1984's The Story of a Young Heart that features all four original members.




Q: Do you think of your lyrics as poetry?


A: Yes and no—poetry to me—my own personal poetry—emotional release sometimes—poetry can be lyrical without music


Q: Do you think it is important that songs rhyme and if so why?


A: Well not really, it depends on the song and how the music is structured.


Q: Do you think song lyrics must conform to recognised song structures such as clear rhyming schemes, choruses, refrains, hooks and bridges or that songs can also be like free verse?


A: No, music can be free form, as can lyrics.


Q: When you read poetry in school or elsewhere did you recognize any connection to the music you enjoyed?


A: Not really, I wasn’t in to poetry in school.


Q: Was there anything about poetry in books that influenced your songwriting?


A: Only in a subconscious way. I certainly didn’t think of it influencing me.


Q: Why do you think songs are more popular with people than poetry is?


A: Music is easier on the mind than poetry. Poetry, you really have to think about it. Absorb it.

Attach to it. Music flows in to your mind. With its repetitions and melodies. And beats. It’s almost like it’s directly injected into your thoughts. And it’s automatic. The way you recognize and attach it your own life and experiences.