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Nick Laird-Clowes

Nick Laird-Clowes (born 5 February 1957, London, England) is a musician, most famous for his membership as the lead singer and one of the principal songwriters for the band called The Dream Academy. His most famous songs from this classic era include "Life in a Northern Town", "The Love Parade", "The Edge of Forever", "This World", "Indian Summer", "Power to Believe", and "12/8 Angel." He was also a presenter for the first series of the Channel 4 music show, The Tube. He was a member of Alfalpha and The Act, which predate The Dream Academy. Laird-Clowes descended into drug abuse, finally getting clean during a stay at a Himalayan monastery. His solo album Mona Lisa Overdrive was released under the name Trashmonk in 1999 under Alan McGee's Creation Records, then subsequently re-released a few years later with two exclusive tracks ("Mr Karma" and "Fur Hat") under the reinvented PopTones label, again by McGee. A friend of David Gilmour, he co-wrote several lyrics on Pink Floyd's album The Division Bell. As Trashmonk, he opened for some of Gilmour's performances in the early 2000s.

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