A Salvation Army band played
And the children drank lemonade
And the morning lasted all day,
–From Life in a Northern Town
I was looking up songs the other day that were popular in 1986. I wanted to find something to put with the presentation I did for the 25th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster (see post below). I came across the song Life in a Northern Town by the English folk rock band The Dream Academy.
I always liked this song – the lyrics, the melody, the African chanting. And, I really like this video even if some of the videography would now be considered goofy. Those split puzzle-piece screens are interesting to say the least.
I don’t recall ever having seen this video. It features Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire, which means this is the video The Dream Academy made in 1984 — two years before the song reached #7 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in February 1986. They made another video of the song in 1985, which was filmed around Newcastle on Tyne. Like a lot of Xers in the 80s, I really loved my English bands. (My Irish ones, too.)
Life In A Northern Town and Nick Drake
According to Wikipedia lyrics to Life in a Northern Town refers to Nick Drake, one of England’s most influential singer-songwriters of the last 50 years. Drake, who was born in 1948, died of a drug overdose in 1974. Until today, I had never heard of Nick Drake.
The Dream Academy had three members: Nick Laird-Clowes, Gilbert Gabriel and Kate St. John. Gabriel and St. John both have current websites highlighting their work in music. In 1999, Laird-Clowes began releasing music under the name Trashmonk. He is working on his second album using that name. Also, he last tweeted on January 5, so you can follow him if you like.
The Dream Academy had its run from 1983 to 1991.
Remember when the morning lasted all day?
Be sure to check out my post Generation X Rock Music Documentary.