Nick Laird-Clowes is well known as the lead singer, guitarist and principal songwriter of The Dream Academy, enjoying international success in the 1980s with songs including The Love Parade, Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want, and Life In A Northern Town. The latter also became a worldwide dance hit in 1997 for Dario G as 'Sunchyme' and again was US TOP 40 and Grammy nominated in 2003 for Sugarland and 'Little Big Town'.

It was perhaps inevitable that Nick Laird-Clowes would enter the world of film. His existing work with The Dream Academy having featured extensively in John Hughes' films Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Trains, Planes and Automobiles as well as appearing in episodes of both Family Guy and King Of The Hill.

The Morning Lasted All Day, a 25-song, 'Best of The Dream Academy' album was released in 2014, followed by a special series of The Dream Academy concerts in Japan.

Nick Laird-Clowes also worked on Pink Floyd's multi-million selling The Division Bell, also contributing lyrics to two tracks and continuing his long association with David Gilmour with whom he co-produced the albums The Dream Academy and A Different Kind Of Weather. Other co-composition credits include both Brian Wilson and Daryl Hall.

On Friday 6th September 2019 Nick Laird-Clowes digitally released Marianne & Leonard: Words Of Love, the original score for Nick Broomfield's film of the same name, on Warner Music. The album will also be released on vinyl on Friday 6th December 2019. The album is available here.