Something in the air has given me a scare
Electric in my fingers, electric in my hair
‘Listen’ is A Flock of Seagulls’ second LP, and although not as chock full of hits as their debut LP, still sluiced off a respectable number of singles including ‘(It’s Not Me) Talking’, ‘Nightmares’, ‘Transfer Affection’, and ‘Wishing (I Had a Photograph of You)’. It reached number 16 on both the US and UK charts, going all the way to number 5 in New Zealand.
Producer Mike Howlett worked with many other New Wave acts including OMD, Martha and the Muffins, and Gang of Four.
I was a bit dismissive of the band when reviewing their ‘Telecommunication’ EP; I must say I like this LP much better. Although it’s still a tad more ethereal/vaporous than I like the band is much tighter and focused. Good stuff.
The cover art is rich and juicy, consisting primarily of jarring reds and greens. The juxtaposition of ‘man and technology’ is hardly a unique visual concept, but handled deftly. The face is that of the band’s drummer Ali Score. The backside is rather cheesy, however.