Saturday, March 04, 2017

Song #112: "Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You)"--A Flock of Seagulls (1983)

A lot of people assume that A Flock Of Seagulls qualifies as a "one-hit wonder" thanks to the smash success of their hit song from the Summer of 1982, "I Ran".

But they actually hit the Top 40 twice more, the final time in America in the Summer of 1983 with an absolutely mesmerizing song about a man who simply wishes for something we definitely take for granted in the age of cell phones and selfies: a photograph.

The best part of the song is its quintessential early '80's jam, "Synthesizer City", if you will, that matches the obscurity of the song's meaning. Is this a faceless love? Has he even met this woman? Does she even exist?

Would the photograph really help? In the end, the song, maybe like the fantasy it portrays, simply winds down, and blows out its own candle.

This is the second and final appearance for A Flock Of Seagulls.

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