Modern Love Is Automatic

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"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.[1][2] 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.[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]


  • 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]


  1. ^ "A Flock Of Seagulls: Discography". 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". 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.