Anglo For Your Ear: The Dream Academy’s “Life In a Northern Town”

A childhood favorite, “Life In a Northern Town” combines folk, psychedelic, and African elements to create one of the most beautiful and expansive songs of the ’80s. It was said to be a tribute to the late singer-songwriter Nick Drake (whom lead singer Nick Laird-Clowes slightly resembles – well, if he wore a little less eye shadow). From 1985.

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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