Modern Love Is Automatic
"Modern Love is Automatic" is a 1982 song by the group A Flock of Seagulls and first showcased on the album of the same name. It was the fourth single off the album. Originally, it was a 1981 EP, later re-edited and mixed onto the A Flock of Seagulls album.
The song details a love-affair between a mismatched pair. As with many of the groups lyrics, harmonies and videos, there is a suggestion of cosmic energy and other-world imagery. The woman is an "automatic" perhaps symbolizing a geisha or perhaps an android of some type. The man is a "cosmic" perhaps from another planet. The song closes with the man "locked away" but the narrator suggesting he is in fact free.
- Phil Spector expressed admiration for the song--as with many other tracks on the album-- and at one point planned on producing the band's next album. However, this never happened due to a conflict with Jive Records and his increasing reclusive lifestyle.
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