Well, I didn't really appreciate these guys back in the day. I didn't appreciate pop music pretending to be Rock. It's only now, as a seasoned, mature adult with a more sophisticated and nuanced understanding of the world that I can fully appreciate Flock of Seagulls.
Imagine the 80's: Reagan in office, frills on women's blouses or little bow ties, women wearing their high-top aerobic shoes over their pantyhose as they run to catch the train into the city for their yuppie jobs, shoulder pads, jocks joyfully wearing pink Izod polos, men wearing blazers with the sleeves pushed up to their elbows to look casual, big crazy permed mall hair or bizarre asymmetrical haircuts, car phones, ATMs introduced at banks, people striving to get their first beemer, AIDS starting to hit the gay community hard, therefore ignored by rest of society, Iran/Contra scandal, revolutionary new foods--salsa, croissants, pita bread, sun dried tomatoes.
It is into this milieu that the Flock of Seagulls landed. Dig their music--also check out the production values in their video. Suh-weet.