Nick Laird-Clowes

Nick Laird-Clowes (born 5 February 1957, in London, England)[citation needed ] is an English musician and composer, best known as the singer, guitarist, and primary songwriter for The Dream Academy.

Laird-Clowes was a member of Alfalpha and The Act before forming The Dream Academy. He was also a presenter for the first series of the Channel 4 music show The Tube.

The Dream Academy formed in 1983. Laird-Clowes sang and played guitar for the band and was its primary songwriter. The band's other members were multi-instrumentalist Kate St John and keyboardist Gilbert Gabriel. The Dream Academy is most noted for their 1985 hit single, "Life in a Northern Town" (1985), which was a worldwide success and a sizeable hit in the U.S. The band released three albums: The Dream Academy (1985), Remembrance Days (1987) and A Different Kind Of Weather (1990). The Dream Academy disbanded in 1991.[10]

Laird-Clowes released a solo album, Mona Lisa Overdrive, under the name Trashmonk in 1999.[11]

A friend of David Gilmour, with whom he co-produced both The Dream Academy and A Different Kind of Weather albums,[12] Laird-Clowes contributed lyrics to two songs on Pink Floyd's album The Division Bell.[13]

In the 2000s, Laird-Clowes was involved in film and documentary soundtracks. He produced the score for The Invisible Circus (2001), directed by Adam Brooks and starring Cameron Diaz,[14] and was the musical consultant for Bernardo Bertolucci's The Dreamers (2003).[15] Laird-Clowes composed the music for Fierce People (2005), which was directed by Griffin Dunne and starred Diane Lane and Donald Sutherland,[16] and for Wit Licht (2008), directed by Jean van de Velde.[17][18] Nick Broomfield's film Battle for Haditha, which premiered at the London Film Festival in 2007, also had a Laird-Clowes soundtrack.[19][20][21] In June 2009, he scored Broomfield's agitprop documentary for Greenpeace, A Time Comes, featuring the single "Mayday".[22]

In May 2007, Laird-Clowes and Joe Boyd produced a Syd Barrett memorial concert, "The Madcap's Last Laugh", at the Barbican Centre in London; the concert also featured both Pink Floyd and Roger Waters.[23]

In 2013, Laird-Clowes worked as both composer and music consultant for the Richard Curtis directed film, About Time.[21][better source needed ] In 2014, The Dream Academy released a compilation album entitled The Morning Lasted All Day: A Retrospective; it was compiled, annotated, and remastered by Laird-Clowes.[24]

In 2017, Laird-Clowes composed the music for the feature documentary, Whitney: Can I Be Me, directed by Nick Broomfield.[25] In 2019 (and also for Broomfield), he composed the score for the acclaimed Universal film about Leonard Cohen, Marianne & Leonard: Words Of Love.[26]


Vorname:Nicholas William
Geburtsdatum:05.02.1957 (♒ Wassermann)
Alter:67Jahre 16Tage
Nationalität:Vereinigtes Königreich
Berufe:Songschreiber, Fernsehmoderator, Komponist, Sänger, Musiker,
Mitgliedschaft:The Act, The Dream Academy,


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