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"I Ran" (also released as "I Ran (So Far Away)")[3] is a song by English new wave band A Flock of Seagulls. It was released on their debut album A Flock of Seagulls in 1982 and was its most successful single, reaching number nine in the United States and number one in Australia.

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Versions[edit]Edit

Three different versions of the song exist:

  • The long version (5:07) features an introduction with swirling synthesizer noises which then segues into a lengthy instrumental passage by the band before leading into the song. It concludes with a guitar solo and comes to a full ending. This version was featured on some pressings of A Flock of Seagulls and is featured on all CD versions of the album.
  • The video version (3:58) omits most of the introductory section and begins with a cymbal crash but retains the full ending of the long version. This version was featured on some pressings of A Flock of Seagulls.
  • The radio edit (3:43) begins with a cymbal crash and loops the song's final chorus, fading out at the end.

Single release and legacy[edit]Edit

The single was promoted by a distinctive music video directed by Tony van den Ende in which the band members performed in a room covered in aluminum foil and mirrors. The cameras used to film the video are clearly visible in many of the background reflections, their stands also covered in foil. The video is an homage to Brian Enoand Robert Fripp's (No Pussyfooting) album cover, which was also respectively portrayed by The Strokes for their single, "The End Has No End" two decades later. The video received heavy rotation on MTV in the summer of 1982,[3] and helped the single to become a hit.

The band toured the United States extensively to promote the single, supporting Squeeze on their 1982 tour. As well as reaching number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100, "I Ran" peaked at number 3 on the Top Tracks chart and number 8 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart. Subsequently, the album reached number 10 on the Billboard 200.[4]

Despite success in the US and Australia, the single did not enjoy similar success in the band's home country (United Kingdom), failing to make the top 40.

In an interview on the VH1 special 100 Greatest Songs of the '80sMike Score said that he resents the song, but plays it live because people enjoy it. "I Ran" was listed at #55 on the countdown. In VH1's 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 80s, the song was listed at #2, with Mike Score's interview played again.

Although considered an '80s new wave classic, the song experienced somewhat of a revival in 2002 as the signature theme for the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, being played during the game's television commercials and during gameplay as one of the songs in the playlist for radio station Wave 103.[5]

Along with the Bowling for Soup cover, it was also used as the theme song for the English dub of the anime series Knights of the Zodiac, which was later removed from the air during its first season.

The song briefly featured in the Dead Zone Season 2 episode "Playing God", heard during a party scene. It can also be heard during a nightclub scene in the 2005 Nick Love film The Business.

The master recording is available as a playable song in Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s as well as the rebooted version of Karaoke Revolution.

The song was from the TV show Everybody Hates Chris entitled "Everybody Hates the Last Day".

It was performed by the Ska Rangers in the film The Hangover: Part II during the closing scene.

Also, Fez sung a verse in That '70s Show during one of the "Circles" in the fourth season's opener.

An actual flock of seagulls sang it in a Cape Cod Potato Chips commercial.

Cover versions[edit]Edit

"I Ran" has been covered by a number of artists:

Chart performance[edit]Edit

Weekly charts[edit]Edit

Chart (1982) Peak

position

Australia (Kent Music Report)[6] 1
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[7] 26
Germany (Media Control AG)[8] 31
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[9] 46
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[10] 7
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[11] 43
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 9
US BillboardHot Dance Club Play[4] 8
US BillboardTop Tracks[4] 3
US Cash Box[12] 14

Year-end charts[edit]Edit

Chart (1982) Peak

position

Australia (Kent Music Report)[13] 15
US Billboard Hot 100[14] 67
US Cash Box[15] 89

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