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An unfortunately short-lived band that had some interesting folk elements, including the charmingly named and sweet-voiced Polly Perkins, named for “Pretty Polly Perkins,” a traditional folk song. Academy lasted long enough to generate a single album, Pop Lore According to the Academy, in which the folk elements were adulterated with elements of jazz and psychedelia. One single, “Rachel’s Dream,” was released to absolutely no acclaim whatsoever, and the band faded away. Perkins turned up as an actress once in a while in the following years, though not of any great note. ~ Steven McDonald