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The Proclaimers

When the Scottish duo of Craig and Charlie Reid emerged in 1987, they were immediately compared to the Everly Brothers. Considering their energetic, melodic folk-rock, the comparison made some sense, even though the Proclaimers didn't really sound like the Everlys. Instead, the band was a post-punk pop band, aggressively displaying their thick accents on sweet, infectiously melodic songs about love, politics, and life in Scotland. After two albums in the late '80s (This Is the Story [1987], Sunshine on Leith [1988]), the band disappeared for several years, suffering from personal problems and severe writer's block. When their 1988 song "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" was used in the 1993 film Benny & Joon, the Proclaimers began to receive massive radio airplay in America, sending them into the Top Ten in the U.S., as well as the rest of the world; it was their first taste of real success. Luckily, they were close to completing their third album at the time, Hit the Highway, leaving them in a position to capitalize on their success. The single "Let's Get Married" received little attention, and the band pretty much disappeared. They made various contributions to several movie soundtracks -- Dumb & Dumber and Bottle Rocket -- during the latter part of the decade, but family matters took priority. The new millennium led to a much more fresh-sounding Proclaimers. They inked a new U.S. deal with Nettwerk, and Persevere (2001) marked Craig and Charlie Reid's fourth album. It was a return to form -- singing about the grime and glory of their native Scotland -- but also a sign of the prime of life. The band's fifth effort, Born Innocent, appeared on their own imprint, Persevere, in 2003. It was followed by Restless Soul in 2005, Life with You in 2007, and Notes & Rhymes in 2009. The ninth studio outing from the bespectacled Scottish brothers, 2012's Like Comedy, coincided with the 25th anniversary of their 1987 debut. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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How I Met Yur Mother!!
AND I WOULD WALK 500 MILES!!!!
God Love Ya"
bscks
I would walk 500 miles and then some !
They had their one song. I'm on my way in SHREK the MOTHA F**KIN MOVIE
Omg their accents
I love their music
All I can think about is How I Met your mother.
bobonnit, give it time. XD
I'M NEVER GOING TO GET SICK OF THIS SONG EVER!!!! ---Marshal Erikson
scottish accents are amazing
I would walk 500 chunks
I love their accents.
I would walk 500 miles
bobonnit, you are a git, with no artistic antennae. Go back to your beige existence :)
They are annoying from a most annoying period in music
Love the accent
Didn't ANYBODY ELSE see American Women or The Closer You Get?? Am I the ONLY PERSON in the U.S. who's seen that movie?
I love being Scottish!
Lov this song
I love the movie Benny And Joon.
Can't help wanting to march arm in arm with David and Billie. Love you my Doctor!!!
Thanks that movie was delightful. Of course big fan of Masterson. Don't see her anymore :(
stacipoe92
The movie was Bennie and Joon. :)
What was that movie with Johnny Depp and Mary Stuart Masterson? Cute movie. 500 miles was in it?
Its David's Song!!!!
@HolyRomexCh i b t a l l a : That's one of the only reasons I made the station
a) David Tennant's wrap party
b) It was a good song.
Titainium! Pitch perfect!
jyochum10
I liked when Peter Griffin was part of the band ;0)
Pitch Pefecttttt
It just make me think of marshal and Ted from how I met your mother singing this
smartart2000
I love how David was so much more enthusiastic than Billie :DD
Indeed, HolyRomexChi b t a l i a . :) ;)
500 Miles... The Doctor's song.. ^.^
smuellers21
MARSHALL & TED!
Good duet :)
winkandsheld o n
Fantastic song. Benny and Joon intduced me to these guys with this song, and I discovered an amazing duo!
David Tennant's fav band.
I would walk to the store to buy myself smokes.
i love these guys' unique style. its so catchy i would sing it for days sometimes.
benny and joon it was
thumbs up if you got here because of how i met your mother
alexthewizar d
Hey look its Giles!!!
sonsuray
Liked them in the 80's and still like them. :)
That song will forever be linked with Benny and Joon
csr684
I'm on my way was used in the Shrek movie in 01.
I love that they shunned fame in favour of keep their accents. Good on ya lads.
dickens4us
luv it
atp_47
I always don me kilt when deez blokes be playin
heard them on 'benny and june' nice tune!
um... if the guy on the right looks like Hank Green... don't they BOTH look like Hank Greeen, since they're twins?
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