I’ve mentioned previously that A Flock of Seagulls proved to be the worst headline band it’s ever been my misfortune to see.
Here’s the thing. I saw one of their singles in a charity shop a while back going for 25p. I decided to buy it and give it a listen. Turns out that while it is ridiculously derivative of its time, it is also a cracking synth-pop mid-tempo tune:-
mp3: A Flock of Seagulls – Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You)
Before placing it on the turntable, I couldn’t quite work out if I actually knew it or not. I thought the song title was familiar, but I couldn’t come up with a tune, chorus or lyric. But that all changed within a few seconds of the needle hitting the groove. Memories of actually dancing to it came flashing back…..
I still had to look things up for the info, details and facts.
It was released as a single in October 1982, climbing all the way to #10. It would also be included on the album Listen, which was released in April 1983.
The version on offer today is ripped straight from the 7″ vinyl. If you don’t like it, then be grateful that I didn’t seek out the album version, as it is about a minute and a half longer. And be truly thankful that the 12″ version wasn’t on offer in the charity shop as it comes in at a whopping nine plus minutes, and I’m guessing had all sorts of the electronic beeps and blips that were the fashion back in 1982.
But if you do like it, then I am simply pleased, as usual, to be of some use.