The Flock of Seagulls Haircut

Looking back at the 80s, there are some things that just make you wonder… even if they seemed almost normal for the times.

We don’t recall, necessarily, looking at Mike Score as he belted out “Space Age Love Song” and thinking, “My, what an odd way to style your hair.” But today? Whew… that is one out-there haircut.

In 1979, Score gave up his day job (as, yes, a hairdresser) to form A Flock of Seagulls with his brother. Before a show one night, as the story goes, Score was in front of the mirror, trying to emulate David Bowie’s poof-mullet ‘do from the Ziggy Stardust days. Alas, bassist Frank Maudsley was also trying to get some mirror time, and, in the scuffle, put his hand on Score’s head, smushing the singer’s poof down in the middle.

We believe, at that point, Score looked at himself in the mirror and thought one of two things: (a) “I’ve always liked Captain America’s hood, but just the wings… not the actual hood.” or (b) “I’ve always thought hood ornaments were underrated as a hairstyle inspiration. But no longer! Hood ornaments everywhere, today is your day!”

Either way, the Flock of Seagulls haircut was born.

No, time has not been a friend to this iconic haircut. In recent years, it’s become quite the punchline… a symbol of everything awesomely bad about the decade. If you need to poke fun of the 80s, just give a character a pair of cowlicks shaped like dog ears (we never really saw them as wings), and then add some swoopy bangs. *Poof!* Instant 80s joke.

Go ahead… make fun if you want, but this crazy coiffure is so awesomely 80s that we’ll sing its praises all day long. After all… without it, those Friends flashback episodes wouldn’t have been nearly as funny. (Skip to :51 of this clip).

We ♥ the Flock of Seagulls haircut.

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~ by weheartthe80s on March 16, 2010.

One Response to “The Flock of Seagulls Haircut”

  1. [...] Needed to look cool in the 80s? Well, you could pop your collar (we love it!), peg your jeans (yep, we love that, too!), and treat yourself a bodacious Flock of Seagulls haircut (how could we not love it?)… [...]

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