Favorite "Direction" Songs #5 - "Life in a Northern Town"
August 11, 2017 6:08am CST
The theme for my Favorite "Direction" Songs series is pretty basic: I am counting down songs with "north," "south," "east," or "west" in the title. We are at the midway point: #5 is "Life in a Northern Town" by The Dream Academy. You know how some bands can bash out a song within a day or two during the recording of an album? It took The Dream Academy an entire year to record "Life in a Northern Town." It was well worth the effort, reaching #7 on the Billboard Hot 100, and is the group's highest charting single in the United States, the UK, and Ireland. A tribute to the late Nick Drake, "Life in a Northern Town" has been covered by Sugarland, who, despite it not being released as a single, reached #28 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, and #43 on the Hot 100. Rick Springfield also covered the song on his cover songs album, The Day After Yesterday. When I worked in radio back in the 80's, our Adult Contemporary station played the bejezus out of this. Very heavy rotation, which was well deserved. Two videos were made for the tune. Not being familiar with either setting, I think this is the first one, set in Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire, England. I hope you enjoy it! (Info verified by Wikipedia)
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