The Dream Academy Life In A Northern Town:
The strange thing for an American obsessed with British music is that there are many videos I've never seen before. This tune, Life In A Northern Town, hit #7 on the US charts, but I don't really remember the clip, which is, of course, so very XO. Why couldn't I have been an English pop star running up and down the hills of Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire?
Second question: Could Nick Laird-Clowes be any cuter? I firmly maintain - pun intended - that the 80's were really the end of the great male pop stars. In the 90's, they became sexually self-conscious. Watch an interview with the band where baby-faced Nick talks about Nick Drake, whom he resembles. I love how he describes Dream Academy's tour as "very very Renaissance Fair." Sadly, they only did three albums before it all collapsed in a cliched drug haze.
I should note that the eponymous 1985 album this song come from is a fine, fine example of great early 80's British pop. People forget it was produced by Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, the same man responsible for bringing Kate Bush to the world of pop. Peter Buck of REM, pre mega-stardom, even plays on one of the tracks. Standouts include In Places On The Run, (Johnny) New Light, Edge Of Forever, This World and this one...
Dream Academy The Love Parade (TV appearance):
Note the rubber legs on that boy. Nick is now 52 and has aged well.