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Electric Picnic 09 - A Flock of Seagulls

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ATL | 18:45 UK time, Saturday, 5 September 2009

Crawdaddy Stage, Saturday 6th, 4.00pm

Since it's inception, Electric Picnic has attracted the best in left-field acts, as well as some of the most credible 'big' names in music. However, alongside this, the festival has a tradition of unearthing seemingly forgotten acts, and giving them a new lease of life. It is with this in mind that ATL finds itself in a packed tent, watching A Flock of Seagulls.

Unlike contemporaries such as Magazine or Echo and the Bunnymen (both also playing the festival), A Flock of Seagulls have never, ever been cool. This can largely be attributed to frontman Mike Score's preposterous hairstyle in the eighties. If that decade represented a low point for style, then THAT hairstyle is surely the nadir. ATL had promised itself that it would not mention the haircut, but there's no getting away from it.

However the 21st century version of the band faces no such problem, with hair firmly concealed under a hat. Good thing too, because this band always had a few good tunes up their sleeves, and today these seagulls get the chance to soar (pun intended).

The band's two big hits, 'I Ran (So far Away)' and 'Wishing (I had a Photograph of you)' sound great, getting this predominantly younger crowd into a bit of a frenzy. However, the rest of their material mines a similar seam of inspiration, sounding like a much less intense Joy Division or a happier Cure, but without the greatness of either. Make no mistake, A Flock of Seagulls are not a great band, but they are certainly not the embarrassment of yore. Eighties dancing was unleashed, and smiles were all around. Job done.

Describe in a tweet: You know... like Joy Division... for kids!

Good Vibrations: The guitarist cut an impressive figure, churning out the new wave riffs and solos, whilst wearing an incredible pair of leather shorts. Not trousers... shorts.

Life's a Beach: The lack of hairstyles. Despite the fact that it would have detracted from everything, I still wanted to see it.

EP Rating: 7/10


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