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- The single of “The More You Live the More You Love” preceded the release of the album. It was nominated as the “Screamer of the Week” (best new song) on the New York radio station WLIR. Mike called in during the station’s daily “5:30 Phone Call” to discuss the making of the new album, as well as the “More You Live” video. Sadly, the track did not win as “Screamer of the Week.”
- The U.S. pressing of the LP had a siticker on the cover advertising selected tracks.The full color inner sleeve of the LP features a variety of snapshots and professional photos of the band, including pictures taken during the “Nightmares” video shoot.
- The band promoted the disc with a “Full Moon Tour” of theaters across North America. T-shirts sporting the woodcut crescent moon artwork from the “More You Live” single were sold, as were tourbooks from the “Listen” tour (apparently the group had been stuck with leftover copies).
At the band’s concert at the Beacon in Manhattan, Billy Idol’s guitarist Steve Stevens was in the audience, causing a sensation among fans. Before the group took the stage, an unedited studio recording of “2:30” from “Listen” was played over the P.A., considerably longer than the minute-long snippet featured on that album. Presumably the full version exists somewhere in the band’s archives. The Bangles were scheduled to open the show, but did not appear for undisclosed reasons.
AFOS opened with “Over My Head,” followed by the b-side “Lost Control,” which was sabotaged by fauty microphones. At one point, only Frank’s voice could be heard. Mike, who wore a smart-looking grey suit, joked that he blamed cheap Japanese technology. “I Ran” followed, with a projection of the cover art from the British single.
As the gig wore on, Paul perspired profusely, so much so that a fan handed him the AFOS t-shirt she had purchased so that he could towel off with it (He did so, then held up the shirt so everyone could see the artwork. The intense finale of “Suicide Day” was accompanied by flashing strobelights. They closed with “Telecommunication,” Mike making his usual demands that the crowd, “Make some noise!” After AFOS departed, an unusual remix of “Never Again (The Dancer)” played over the P.A., not the version featured on the “Dancer” UK 12” single. In front of the venue, bootleg t-shirts were hawked featuring a “Listen”-era publicity photo of the band on the front and a shot of The Bangles on the back.
- “The Story of a Young Heart” sold poorly in the U.S. Copies of the LP and cassette ended up in the “cut-out” bins of excess inventory, selling for as little as a dollar per copy. These still showed up in stores at such low prices well into 1989. The CD, however, was never released in North America and has become a collector’s item. It is possible to recreate most of the disc’s running order by gathering tracks from various AFOS compilations, with the exception of “Suicide Day,” which has never been reissued.
- Press response to the album was poor. New Jersey's Aquarian Weekly gave the disc a rating of 3 out of 10, ending with the faint praise of, "The Story of a Young Heart is more or less the same at its predecessors. It's mildly tuneful, occasionally hummable and basically forgettable. A Flock of Seagulls are far too inoffensive to hate, but they're perfect for ignoring."
- A radio broadcast of a show performed in Toronto during 1984 surfaced in recent
times with the running order of "Heart of Steel," "Lost Control," "I Ran," "The
Story of a Young Heart," "Never Again (The Dancer)," "The More You Live, The
More You Love," "Remember David," "Nightmares," "Space Age Love Song," and
- In 2008, the CD was reissued by Cherry Pop records with
seven bonus tracks and liner notes written by David Adams.
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