A Flock of Seagulls & Annabella's Bow Wow Wow

Saturday, March 4, 2023 8PM

Wall Street Theater
71 Wall Street, Norwalk, CT

About A Flock of Seagulls

As well-known for their bizarrely teased haircuts as their hit single “I Ran (So Far Away),” A Flock of Seagulls were one of the infamous one-hit wonders of the new wave era. Growing out of the synth-heavy and ruthlessly stylish new romantic movement, A Flock of Seagulls were a little too robotic and arrived a little too late to be true new romantics, but their sleek dance-pop was forever indebted to the short-lived movement. The group benefitted considerably from MTV’s heavy rotation of the “I Ran” video in the summer of 1982.

Hairdresser Mike Score (lead vocals, keyboards) formed A Flock of Seagulls with his brother Ali (drums) and fellow hairdresser Frank Maudsley (bass) in 1980, adding guitarist Paul Reynolds several months later. The group released its debut EP on Cocteau Records early in 1981, and while the record failed to chart, its lead track, “Telecommunication,” became an underground hit in Euro-disco and new wave clubs. The band signed a major-label contract with Jive by the end of the year, and their eponymous debut album appeared in the spring of 1982. “I Ran (So Far Away)” was released as the first single from the album, and MTV quickly picked up on its icily attractive video, which featured long shots of Mike Score and his distinctive, cascading hair.

The single climbed into the American Top Ten, taking the album along with it. In the U.K., “I Ran” didn’t make the Top 40, but “Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)” reached number ten later that year; in America, that single became a Top 40 hit in 1983, after “Space Age Love Song” peaked at number 30. “Wishing” was taken from the group’s second album, Listen (1983), which was moderately successful.

The band released 1984’s The Story of a Young Heart failed to produce any hit singles but Reynolds left after the album and was replaced by Gary Steadnin; the band also added keyboardist Chris Chryssaphis. The new lineup was showcased on 1986’s Dream Come True.

Shortly after its release, the band broke up. Mike Score assembled a new lineup of A Flock of Seagulls in 1989, releasing the single “Magic” and touring the U.S.A. The band continued to tour worldwide, although with major changes to its members, and in 1996 released a new album, The Light at the End of the World.

About Annabella’s Bow Wow Wow

Annabella Lwin, at the tender age of fourteen, was one of the most photographed, talked about and popular vocalists in the early 80’s with her band, BOW WOW WOW, who enjoyed success with massive hits such as ‘I Want Candy’, ’Do U wanna Hold Me?’,  ‘Go Wild in the Country’ and ‘C30, C60, C90, Go!’ Her unique vocals — which swung between sweet fourteen and Balinese banshee squeals — defined the sound of a new and energetic pop culture; her memorable performances influencing and inspiring a brand new wave of up‐and‐coming artists such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, No Doubt, Smashing Pumpkins and Green Day amongst others.
Annabella continued to perform and develop her songwriting throughout the 90’s, assembling her second band The Naked Experience, as well as collaborating with other musicians and songwriters such as Billy Steinberg (Madonna, Divinyls) and Ellen Shipley (Belinda Carlisle), releasing classics like ‘Carsex’ and dance hits like ‘Do What U Do’, produced by Steve Lironi (Hansen).
 
As well as writing and recording original material as a solo artist, she has been a featured vocalist on numerous transatlantic dance favorites with Tony B (LA’s hottest radio dance DJ) the Utah Saints (England’s’ most innovative and popular DJ Duo) and Jason Nevins (Run DMC remixer of ‘Walk this Way’.)
 
Her songwriting/co‐production brought her collaborations with Guy Chambers (songwriter for Robbie Williams’ chart hits) and seasoned producers such as Michael Lattanzi (Mariah Carey, Paula Abdul, Sly & Robbie, Anastasia.)
 
Performing low‐key shows on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as large promoted concerts with Bow Wow Wow, the new millennium found Annabella also expanding and employing her talents as a songwriter in new commercial, as well as spiritual, directions.
 
As well as working behind the scenes for global charities like UNICEF and Save the Children Fund, through Buddhist organization SGI, Annabella has performed at concerts to help raise monies & awareness for tsunami relief, with renowned musicians Dave Navarro (Chili Peppers, Alice in Chains) & Billy Morrison, (The Cult) for Diabetes and Dog & Cat rescue centers amongst others.
 
After doing a commercial for Nike, writing songs for movies such as ‘Desperate But Not Serious’ (starring Claudia Schiffer and Henry Rollins) and partnering with Mike Bradford (producer of the hits ‘Follow Me’ by Uncle Kracker, ‘You Get What You Give’ by the New Radicals, ‘American Bad Ass’ by Kid Rock) Annabella has written and recorded songs for film:  ‘Scandalous’ with Sir John Gielgud, ‘Phoenix Point’ starring Angelo Moore of Fishbone and  Salsoul Queen Cecilia Noel, (Cecilia & the Wildclams) ‘Thief of Hearts’ starring Steven Bauer (Scarface) and produced by Harold Faltemeyer and Sofia Coppola’s 2006 hit ‘Marie Antoinette’ to name a few.
 
Her ongoing Buddhist practice continues to enhance and inform her artistic sensibilities, giving birth to new mature and romantic songwriting. This new solo direction still retains Annabella’s familiar vocal stylings to hard‐core dance groove, beat‐heavy anthemics married now to new harmonies of her Burmese/Gypsy background weaving playfully through melodies & hypnotic chants. Her vocal range has never sounded better, and the spirit of her songs confirms her ongoing celebration of life through music.