Behind The Vinyl – “Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You)” with Mike Score from A Flock Of Seagulls

Behind The Vinyl – “Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You)” with Mike Score from A Flock Of Seagulls

December 9, 2019 92 By Kailee Schamberger


There you go OK so this track is a It’s called Wishing When it starts Is it on? Yeah this was a track We recorded this in Compass Point I think It was coming to the end of our first Huge tour of America and we needed a new single And this was a song I had written When I lived in Liverpool in a little Bedsit kind of and I had the The riff So I I did a little demo and I took it to Mike Howlett who was Our producer And uh He was Actually going out that night and he said but I got a little studio in my Backroom here Why don’t you Do a little recording and mess about And by the time he got in At maybe 1 in the morning I had the whole Demo done So He and I kind of mixed it up and then it got forgotten for maybe a year And when When we finished out first big American tour and needed a new single Ply from the record company said what about that song you played me last year And uh I was like wow yeah ok we’ll do that so we went to Compass Point which was a really famous studio Basically We put it together there and The Thompson Twins were in the next studio doing something from one of their albums I think Because it was out first holiday for like a year on being on the road I think it This song has a likeness because of that like a thank god were on a holiday kind of thing I wrote this song itself about Just before we went on tour I was I met a girl and I was like give me a photograph with your number on it so when I get back in two weeks which turned into a year I’ll give you a call So shes like no no your going to go to America forget it So when I Actually Got to writing the lyrics in Compass Point I went oh yeah remember that I wish I had that photograph you know It’s For some reason it all just came together And I was given A licence really to play anywhere I wanted because we had hits now It’s your ball now so I just started Playing all kinds of riffs and stuff on it And that’s why its got like a I don’t know 4 minute instrumental Outro Because I listened to it so many times without Lyrics So to me it was more of an instrumental that had lyrics put on it I just love the sound of the synth going on and on and on at the end I didn’t expect it to be a hit like it was But it was and that was great Just hearing it now like this it brings back a lot of memories back at Compass Point Which I don’t think exists any more It was a really beautiful studio and we had a great time For a week In Compass Point And Listening to the drums and stuff now we We didn’t want just a normal Drum sound We wanted to get really into Electronic drums and stuff which didn’t really exist at the time so We started sticking Snare Drums through Flangers and then through another Flanger And stuff like that And I remember nobody Really understood what we wanted but in the end we got there and were like yeah that sounds great now And there was also a This guitar part at the end Was done now a thing called an Ebow which we never heard of before So once Paul started to play about with it It became the focal Focal part of the end because it was such a powerful Sound It was a It was a lot of fun to record it