The Dream Academy Biography

This 80s UK band comprised Nick Laird-Clowes (guitar/vocals, ex-the Act), Gilbert Gabriel (keyboards) and Kate St. John (vocals/oboe/saxophone, ex-Ravishing Beauties). Laird-Clowes, who as a child experienced the last days of the London underground movement at first hand, revived memories of that earlier era with the polished folky-pop ‘Life In A Northern Town’, dedicated to the memory of singer-songwriter Nick Drake. The single, released on the Blanco y Negro label, reached UK number 15 in 1985 (and US number 7 the following year). Hailed, or conversely, derided as one the leading lights of the new breed of English psychedelic revivalists, the band’s momentum was halted by the relative failure of ‘The Love Parade’. They periodically released albums which stuck gamely to their formula, with Pink Floyd member David Gilmour contributing guitar and production work to their third album. St. John, meanwhile, found plentiful work composing incidental music for British television programmes, while Laird-Clowes later resurfaced on Creation Records as Trashmonk.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.