The Dream Academy were a 1980s pop band from England, They comprised singer/guitarist Nick Laird-Clowes; multi-instrumentalist (chiefly oboe and English horn player), Kate St John; plus keyboardist Gilbert Gabriel. They are most noted for their hit single, "Life in a Northern Town".
All three members of the band remain active recording musicians, each with his or her own career. They are said to have reunited on a forthcoming album, Angels and Fools, by Gabriel's unsigned band, The Believers on the track "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want", a cover version of the song by The Smiths. Gabriel has also had numerous projects since called The Excellent Staircase, Melt21, and The Daze.
The band launched a worldwide promotional tour based on the chart success of "Life in a Northern Town" and appeared on the television programmes 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 U.S. Their two subsequent albums did not match the initial success.