I Ran (So Far Away) (Jive, 1982)
Also known as just I Ran, I Ran (So Far Away) was the third single off English new wave band A Flock of Seagulls’ self-titled debut album in 1982. Though it topped the chart in Australia, it wasn’t a huge hit in their native UK where it didn’t even crack the top 40. Vocalist (and a writer of the song) Mike Score says their were two main inspirations for the song. One: The band regularly would visit Eric’s Club in Liverpool where one band were playing a song called “I Ran.” They then went to rehearse and perhaps the title and chorus were stuck in their heads. The other: They went to Zoo Records head office to get a recording contract. They saw a poster there of a man and a woman running away from a flying saucer which they wanted to use for their debut album. (That poster would later inspire the video for the song.) Score has since come to regret the song, but says they continue to play it because it is a fan favorite.