Modern Love Is Automatic

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"Modern Love is Automatic" is a 1982 song by the group A Flock of Seagulls, written by Mike Score, Ali Score, Frank Maudsley and Paul Reynolds, and first showcased on the album of the same name. It was the fourth single off the album.[1][2] Originally, it was a 1981 EP, later re-edited and mixed onto the A Flock of Seagulls album.

Lyrics[edit]

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.[3] 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.[4]

Trivia[edit]

  • 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.[5]
  • The song's title was used in a 2009 independent movie.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A Flock Of Seagulls: Discography". Afosfanclub.com. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  2. ^ A Flock of Seagulls Discography from All Music.[1]
  3. ^ The music video guide. J Chu, E Cafritz - 1986 - McGraw-Hill Companies
  4. ^ "A Flock of Seagulls on MSN Music". Music.msn.com. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  5. ^ Wall of pain: the biography of Phil Spector David Thompson – 2003 – Sanctuary Pub Ltd
  6. ^ "SXSW 09 Interview: Modern Love Is Automatic Director Zach Clark". eFilmCritic. 2006-10-24. Retrieved 2010-06-12.