If you could get your hands on a band’s gear, whose would you go for? Radiohead’s? Lady Gaga’s? What about A Flock Of Seagulls’? If you answered choice number three, you haven’t changed since 1982, the last time the band of “I Ran” fame was relevant. Or enjoyable (besides that song.)
I ask because some dude stole A Flock’s van with over $70,000 of swag inside from a motel in Southern California over the weekend. As a thief, he was both clever and stupid: clever for how quickly he stole the van and for not being recognized on one of our nation’s great security cameras, but stupid because he stole from such a terrible band and he might have heard “I Ran” while playing Grand Theft Auto and then decided to commit, er, grand theft auto.
All told, the thief got all their instruments and costumes, and he snagged lead singer Mike Score’s hard drives with all the work on his upcoming solo album. While the instruments might be worth something, who the hell would want to pay human money to wear the costumes that A Flock Of Seagulls wore in their fifties? Maybe hipsters, but they wouldn’t pay more than thrift store prices.
I’m still debating just how dumb a move stealing Score’s solo album work was. You can’t make much money on second hand hard drives and no one would pay for Score’s solo work. But if he was a fan of the work, he’s downright sad. But if it turns out he stole the hard drives to destroy the music, he might not be that stupid after all.