Song of the Day: The Dream Academy – “Life In A Northern Town”



This ethereal song was the biggest hit for U.K. band The Dream Academy, which reached the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 with this song in 1984. I heard this song on the radio recently for the first time in years and did not know until looking up more information on it that it was co-produced by David Gilmour, who also was a producer on two of the band’s three albums. Per Songfacts, The Dream Academy’s record label did not want to release this track as is, but the band insisted on its release (they were obviously proven right in the end). The song was written in memory of English singer-songwriter Nick Drake, who died of an overdose of antidepressants in 1974.

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