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  • A little '80's nostalgia - What synths did A Flock Of Seagulls use?

    The Kajagoogoo thread got me a little nostalgic, thinking back to my times spent as a teenager sitting in betw 2 speakers while A Flock Of Seagulls' "Listen" was playing on the turntable, amazed at those cool, spacy synth drones. I can remember seeing the synths in the videos of "Space Age Love Song", especially that one in "I Ran". I've always wondered, "what synths were actually played in those songs?". I vaguely remember someone mentioning a Juno-60 several threads ago. I can also recall a small device sitting above the synth in the "Space Age Love Song"(and, I think, in the "Wishing") vid. Oh synth gods, please elaborate
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    If my memory is correct, I think I remember seeing a video where the keyboard/vocalist with the whacked out hair, playing with just one finger and it looked like a Moog Source...

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    • #3
      I read someware, they used:

      Korg Delta, MS10, Roland RS-09, SH-09, and Juno 6.

      Tuck, i used to listen to their 'Dream Come True' album when i was a teenager. I was always wondering how they got that epic orchestral violin sound on 'Hot tonight' Not sure if it was synthetic or real.

      Although we all take the piss outta their hair cuts, they wrote some catchy music.

      Vive La Synthesizer!

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      • #4
        I will need to go look at KB Mag tonight for a refresher, but I did stumble onto an article about them in an early '80s issue. Seems like he had 2 keyboards side-by-side, I want to say they may have been Juno 60 or SH101...can't remember. The little box above was either a TB303 bass line or TR606 drum box. It's amazing how my short-term memory is starting to really suck, because I just skimmed the article less than a week ago as I was looking for something else.
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        Originally posted by ChasIII
        Im so sick of keyboards. All this keyboard stuff people always use. All this keyboard synth talk all the time. I'm done with it. Never again.

        Im thinking that at some point I will have to stop this and start doing other things. Any thoughts, feelings, or ideas?

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            No, that was Howard Jones, followed very closley by Nic Kershaw

            ....................... and then Sigue Sigue Sputnik.
            Vive La Synthesizer!

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            • #7
              If my memory is correct, I think I remember seeing a video where the keyboard/vocalist with the whacked out hair, playing with just one finger and it looked like a Moog Source...



              I stand corrected..it definately wasn't a Moog Source,,,it was a small Roland
              either the RS or SH model ....

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              • #8
                From an interview with Mike Score the lead singer/keyboardist :

                Let's see. Early stuff used on flock records:
                Well early on my main synth was a Korg MS 10, A mono synth with patch cords (still the fatest sound I ever heard !!). I put it through an electro harmonix chorus box to give it a stereo effect and spread the sound a bit - that did all the drone and bass sounds. And for strings and pads I had a Korg Delta. None of these synths had memories so it was all in my head and it made each night on stage a little more interesting. When we recorded the first record I also used a Jupiter 8 which had just come out. I would have liked to buy one but they were very rare and expensive, but I did get one later on. It was stolen from my house in the UK and I replaced it with an Ensoniq ESQ1 - that started my Ensoniq days.

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                    And, I Ran, Ran So Far Away

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                    • #11
                      Ok, I found the article in Oct '83 Keyboard Mag. Mike Score "Flying High with A Flock of Seagulls." I knew I was just looking at this. His live rig they have pictured has a Juno 60 on the bottom, 2 SH-101s on top of that and then a TR-606 perched above them.

                      In the interview, he talks about the Korg Delta, MS-10, Jupiter 8, MC-202 and also states that he is "panting for a PPG" because the dude in the Fixx uses one.

                      Pretty wild that Mike Score got a 5-page spread in KB Mag back then.
                      Originally posted by p120dUdE
                      These are family forums, and many young kids come here and read them.

                      I am sure there will be no problems, but if there is, my moderation team will take action.

                      Originally posted by ChasIII
                      Im so sick of keyboards. All this keyboard stuff people always use. All this keyboard synth talk all the time. I'm done with it. Never again.

                      Im thinking that at some point I will have to stop this and start doing other things. Any thoughts, feelings, or ideas?

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                      • #12
                        When we recorded the first record I also used a Jupiter 8 which had just come out. I would have liked to buy one but they were very rare and expensive, but I did get one later on. It was stolen from my house in the UK and I replaced it with an Ensoniq ESQ1 - that started my Ensoniq days.


                        That REALLY sucks!

                        If anyone deserves a big guy like the Jupiter 8, Mr. Score does.
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                        • #13
                          Ok, I found the article in Oct '83 Keyboard Mag. Mike Score "Flying High with A Flock of Seagulls." I knew I was just looking at this. His live rig they have pictured has a Juno 60 on the bottom, 2 SH-101s on top of that and then a TR-606 perched above them.

                          In the interview, he talks about the Korg Delta, MS-10, Jupiter 8, MC-202 and also states that he is "panting for a PPG" because the dude in the Fixx uses one.

                          Pretty wild that Mike Score got a 5-page spread in KB Mag back then.



                          Howdy

                          Any chance you could scan the article in question and post it somewhere on the net? would be much appreciated

                          Micke

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                          • #14
                            Did anyone here watch the VH-1 show Bands Reunited? They had an episode reuniting AFOS which was really fun to watch. Mike Score used ae Ensoniq TS-10 on stage... and iirc he had an early version of the OS or something and couldn't load his sounds into it! Oh, the woes of working with synths. - J.
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                              Did anyone here watch the VH-1 show Bands Reunited? They had an episode reuniting AFOS which was really fun to watch. Mike Score used ae Ensoniq TS-10 on stage... and iirc he had an early version of the OS or something and couldn't load his sounds into it! Oh, the woes of working with synths. - J.


                              Yep, saw it myself. Paul Reynolds still looked somewhat boyish, allbeit a little weighty.

                              Eric,

                              Would have loved to see that article

                              I can recall the time that I recorded myself doing a cover of "Wishing", playing a little Casio CT-something(with the drum pads) and a crappy little Yamaha PSS-270(thru a Realistic reverb box), both connected to a Y-adapter plugged in the aux jack of my boom box. Can't find that cassette tape anywhere.
                              http://www.soundclick.com/bands/page...m?bandID=73567
                              Soul On Tap
                              The Coupe De Villes
                              Chris Beard Band

                              current gear list:
                              Yamaha MOX8, Korg Triton, Korg CX3, Korg X2, QSC K12, Rhodes Stage '73(needs new tines), Ventilator, Reason 3

                              "Leave the ego, play the music, love the people.." - Luther Allison

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