The 80s were known for some amazing hair… there was big hair from Poison, Bon Jovi and Def Leppard. But new wave took it to another level… and no one’s hair got as much attention as Mike Score’s famous look. A Flock of Seagulls is just as known for their crazy hair as their iconic 80s hits like “I Ran (So Far Away).” Backstage at The Straz Center Saturday at Lost 80s Live, I got a chance to chat with Mike… and we found out how that famous hairdo was born.
Mike says it happened by accident. He was a hairdresser and was at a show and had his hair teased up Ziggy Stardust/David Bowie style. A groupmate wanted to share some mirror space and pushed Mike’s hair down in the front. The band’s manager was trying to rush them to the stage so there was no time to fix his hair in the front by pushing it back up. People in the crowd that night pointed at Mike and loved the strange look. After that show, the band chatted and decided to try it again to see if it would get the same reaction. It did. And when a little girl climbed on the stage, touched Mike’s hair and fainted, that sealed the deal. Mike says, “To me, that was like ‘You’ve got something here.'”
We also talked about David Bowie’s influence on the band musically and hair-wise. Mike says he got to see Bowie in Liverpool during the Starman era. Mike doubts creativity like that will ever come back. I have to agree. As Mike says, music back then took you on a journey. Paul McCartney is another favorite of Mike’s and seeing “Hey Jude” performed live recently took him back to his childhood as a grocery store stock boy. I asked him what his LEAST favorite thing to stock was … and his answer cracked me up. Take a listen!