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Life in a Northern Town
by
The Dream Academy

Life in a Northern Town

A Salvation Army band played
And the children drank lemonade
And the morning lasted all day,
All day
And through an open window came
Like Sinatra in a younger day,
Pushing the town away
Ah -

(Chant)
Ah hey ma ma ma
Life in a northern town.

They sat on the stoney ground
And he took a cigarette out
And everyone else came down
To listen.
He said "In winter 1963
It felt like the world would freeze
With John F. Kennedy
And the Beatles."

(Chant)
Ah hey ma ma ma
Life in a northern town.
Ah hey ma ma ma
All the work shut down.

The evening had turned to rain
Watch the water roll down the drain,
As we followed him down
To the station
And though he never would wave goodbye,
You could see it written in his eyes
As the train rolled out of sight
Bye-bye.

(Chant)
Ah hey ma ma ma
Life in a northern town.
Ah hey ma ma ma
Life in a northern town.


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Performed Songs By:

Laird Clowes, Gilbert Gabriel, Nick Laird-ClowesThe Dream Academy
Genre: Rock
Active: '80s, '90s
Major Members: Gilbert Gabriel, Kate St. John, Nick Laird-Clowes
Biography
The airy, baroque British pop trio dubbed the Dream Academy emerged in the mid-'80s as one of the leading lights of the psychedelic revival movement. The group was led by vocalist/guitarist Nick Laird-Clowes, a former member of the short-lived Act; also comprised of multi-instumentalist Kate St. John (an alumna of the Ravishing Beauties) and keyboardist Gilbert Gabriel, the Dream Academy issued their eponymously titled debut LP in 1985. Co-produced by David Gilmour, the atmospheric lead single "Life in a Northern Town," an elegy for Nick Drake, quickly reached the Top 20 of the U.K. charts; issued in the U.S. the following year, it became a Top Ten hit.

The trio's follow-up single, "The Love Parade," failed to repeat the success of its predecessor, however, and the Dream Academy's commercial momentum stalled. After 1987's Rememberance Days quickly dropped from sight, the group went into seclusion; when their 1991 comeback A Different Kind of Weather failed to restore their chart luster, the Dream Academy promptly disbanded. In subsequent years, St. John was the trio's most visible graduate; in addition to touring with Van Morrison, she teamed with Roger Eno, Bill Nelson and others in the group Channel Light Vessel, and in 1996 issued her solo debut Indescribable Night. ~ Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide
Discography

Remembrance Days/A Different Kind of Weather

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Remembrance Days

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The Dream Academy

The Dream Academy, from the cover of Remembrance Days. Clockwise from bottom, Nick Laird-Clowes, Kate St. John, and Gilbert Gabriel.
Country England
Years active 1983 – 1991
Genres Folk Rock
Labels Blanco y Negro
Reprise Records
Warner Bros.
Members Gilbert Gabriel
Nick Laird-Clowes
Kate St. John
The Dream Academy were a 1980s British folk rock band, comprising singer/guitarist Nick Laird-Clowes, multi-instrumentalist (chiefly oboeist) Kate St John and keyboardist Gilbert Gabriel. They are most noted for their only hit single, Life in a Northern Town.


History
Nick and Gilbert met each other in the late 1970s while Nick was in a band called The Act. Their idea was to create a songscape different from the power pop groups so popular at that time in England by mixing instruments and sounds that had not been done prominently before, such as strings, woodwinds, percussion (tympani), and synthesizers. At first, Nick & Gilbert called themselves the "Politics of Pop." In the early years before they were signed, they were also rumoured to have been over a dozen rotating members of the group playing various unique instruments until Nick met Kate St. John (then of The Ravishing Beauties) at a party. Nick was immediately enthralled with Kate's amazing talent (and beauty) and asked her to join. The trio settled on the name The Dream Academy and shopped their demos for nearly two years and were rejected "by every record label" before finally landing a record deal with Warner Bros. in 1985. Along the way, the made some close connections with Adam Peters and Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, a friend of Laird-Clowes', who produced and/or played on two of their albums and co-wrote one song, "Twelve-Eight Angel".

Their first single, "Life in a Northern Town" was a world-wide smash and sizeable hit in the U.S., charting at #7 on the Billboard Pop Music chart from an album co-produced by Pink Floyd's David Gilmour. The single was a tribute to the English singer/songwriter Nick Drake. It was their only major chart success. Interestingly enough, their record label initially didn't want to release this single. They thought it needed more drums but Nick and Gilbert were staunch in their opinion that it was perfect and often commented on its unique sound and feeling of a winter's snowstorm created almost unintentionally by the recording looping techniques of the time. The song also was initially called "Morning Lasted All Day" but was changed when Paul Simon commented to Nick (whom he was giving guitar lessons to) that it wasn't a very good title. The band launched a world-wide promotional tour based on the chart success of this song and appeared on such popular TV shows as Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, American Bandstand (with Dick Clark), MTV (interview with J.J. Jackson), and Top of the Pops. The Dream Academy's eponymous debut album also reached a wide audience in the States. Their two subsequent albums did not match the initial success.

They toured once, in 1991. During the same year, Gilbert and Kate decided to leave the group to pursue solo musical interests and projects. Nick ultimately decided that he could not go on further under the Dream Academy name as "it wasn't the Dream Academy with just me" and took some time off to travel to South East Asia and Africa. Shortly thereafter, he began to work with Pink Floyd on The Division Bell album before recording his solo album under the name Trashmonk and working on movie soundtracks.

All three members of the band remain active recording musicians, each with their own careers. They are said to have reunited on a forthcoming album, "Angels and Fools", by Gilbert's new band, The Excellent Staircase (formally The Believers); on the track "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want", a cover of the song by The Smiths.


Trivia
The trance pop outfit Dario G reached number 2 in the UK singles chart in 1997 with "Sunchyme", a track which heavily relied on a sample of the "Ah hey ma ma ma" vocal chant from "Life in a Northern Town".
Another song from their debut album, "The Edge Of Forever", was featured in the closing stages of the popular film "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" in 1986, just as Ferris says goodbye to his girlfriend before racing home.
The band also performed a cover of The Smiths' "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want", which was featured in the same film.

Discography

Albums

1. The Dream Academy - 1985,
Blanco y Negro / Warner Bros. -
58 (UK), 20 (US)


2. Remembrance Days - 1987,
Blanco y Negro / Reprise Records -
181 (US)

3. A Different Kind of Weather - 1991,
Blanco y Negro / Reprise Records

4. Somewhere in the Sun... Best of the Dream Academy - 2000,
Warner Bros.



Singles
Life In A Northern Town
The Edge Of Forever (appears in the movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off)
This World
The Love Parade
Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want (also appears in the movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off)
Indian Summer
The Lesson Of Love
Power To Believe (appears in the movie Planes, Trains, and Automobiles)
In The Heart
Love
Angel of Mercy

External links
Fan site
Yahoo! Fan Group
VH1 Artist Page Also has six of their music videos in the "Video" section.



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This World (song) Somewhere in the Sun: Best of the Dream Academy (2000 Album by The Dream Academy)
Somewhere in the Sun... Best of the Dream Academy A Different Kind of Weather (1990 Album by The Dream Academy)
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