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The Dream Academy

An English folk raock band.

Formed in England during the eighties.

Members include.

Gilbert Gabriel - keyboardist
Nick Laird-Clowes - singer/guitarist
Kate St. John - multi-instrumentalist, oboeist

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 popular at the 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 and Gilbert called themselves the "Politics of Pop".

In the early years before they were signed, they were rumoured to have had over a dozen rotating members in the group playing various unique instruments until Nick met Kate St.

John then of The Ravishing Beauties at a party.

The band launched a world-wide promotional tour based on the chart success of "Life in a Northern Town" 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.

Now all three members of the band remain active recording musicians, each with their own careers.

Singles include.

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 - used in the movie Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
In The Heart
Angel of Mercy

Albums include.

The Dream Academy
Remembrance Days
A Different Kind of Weather
Three Steps Past the Edge of Forever
An Evolution of Dreams

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