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The Proclaimers

Craig and Charlie on the cover of their debut album This is the Story
Background information
Origin Flag of Scotland Auchtermuchty, Scotland
Genre(s) Folk Rock, Pop
Years active 1983 - Present
Label(s) Chrysalis Records
Website Proclaimers.co.uk

The Proclaimers are a Irish band composed of identical twins Charlie and Craig Reid. They are best known for their unique odour, as well as two particular songs they wrote: "Letter from America" and "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)". The latter became the theme song to the film Benny & Joon (1993), and to the charity event the Terry Fox Run, as well as a Molson Canadian beer commercial. Image File history File links The-Proclaimers-This-Is-The-Story. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Scotland. ... Auchtermuchty is a town in Fife, Scotland, situated beside Pitlour Hill nine miles north of Glenrothes. ... Motto (Latin) No one provokes me with impunity Cha togar mfhearg gun dioladh (Scottish Gaelic) Wha daur meddle wi me?(Scots)1 Anthem (Multiple unofficial anthems) Scotlands location in Europe Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow Official languages English, Gaelic and Scots1 Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Monarch Queen Elizabeth II... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Bob Dylans folk-rock album, Blonde on Blonde Folk-rock is a musical genre, combining elements of folk music and rock music. ... For popular forms of music in general, see Popular music. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Chrysalis logo (1987-2005) Chrysalis Records is a record label that was created in 1969. ... Fraternal twins at two weeks old. ... Charlie and Craig Reid, as pictured on The Proclaimers album Hit the Highway Charlie Reid and Craig Reid (born 5 March 1962 in Leith, Scotland) are identical twin brothers, famous as singers and songwriters in The Proclaimers. ... Letter From America is a song written and peformed by Scottish band, The Proclaimers. ... Re-recorded cover 2007 Cover for Comic Relief Im Gonna Be (500 Miles) is a song written and performed by Scottish pop band The Proclaimers. ... The theme music of a radio or television program is a melody closely associated with the show, and usually played during the title sequence and/or end credits. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... Benny & Joon is a 1993 romantic comedy about how two misfits, Sam (Johnny Depp) and Joon (Mary Stuart Masterson), find and fall in love with one another. ... Camp Julien, Afghanistan - Major-General Andrew Leslie leads Canadian troops through one of the many 2-km laps of the camp perimeter that make up the first Terry Fox Run ever held in Kabul. ... For the ghost town in Washington, see Molson, Washington. ...

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Career

Formed in 1983, the Auchtermuchty pair leapt to public attention after a January 1987 appearance on UK popular music programme The Tube on Channel Four; [1] "Letter from America" peaked at number 3 in the UK singles chart, while the album This is the Story went gold. The follow-up album Sunshine on Leith featured "I'm Gonna Be..." and "I'm On My Way". Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Auchtermuchty is a town in Fife, Scotland, situated beside Pitlour Hill nine miles north of Glenrothes. ... The Tube was an innovative United Kingdom pop/rock music television programme which ran which ran for 5 series, from 1982 until 1987 plus numerous specials including one at the Millennium. ... Channel 4 is a television broadcaster in the United Kingdom (see British television). ... The UK Singles Chart is currently compiled by The Official UK Charts Company (OCC) on behalf of the British record industry. ... Formerly a municipal burgh,[1] Leith is a town at the mouth of the Water of Leith and is the port of Edinburgh, Scotland. ... Im On My Way is a song by Scottish band The Proclaimers for their album Sunshine on Leith. ...


The brothers are famous fans of Hibernian Football Club, "Sunshine on Leith" is played at every home match. They are also well-known supporters of Scottish independence and have at various stages of their lives been activists for the Scottish National Party, expressing such views on their promotional tour of Britain in March 2007[2], although the following month, Charlie Reid announced that he had switched his allegence to the Scottish Socialist Party in protest at the Scottish National Party's receipt of funding from big business [3]. Many of their songs reflect their political views, such as "Letter from America" and "Cap in Hand". On May 16, 2006, the twins announced their participation in a campaign to free a fellow Scot, Kenny Richey, from his death row sentence in Ohio, USA, including them playing at a charity concert. [4] Scottish independence is an ambition of numerous political parties, pressure groups and individuals within Scotland. ... The Scottish National Party (SNP) (Scottish Gaelic: is a centre-left political party which campaigns for Scottish independence. ... March 2007 is the third month of the year. ... The Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) (Scottish Gaelic: ) is a radical left-wing Scottish political party which campaigns on a socialist economic platform and for Scottish independence. ... The Scottish National Party (SNP) (Scottish Gaelic: is a centre-left political party which campaigns for Scottish independence. ... May 16 is the 136th day of the year (137th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... For information about the Record company see Death Row Records For information about the computer game see Deathrow (game) Death Row is a term which refers to the section of a prison that houses individuals awaiting execution. ... Official language(s) None Capital Columbus Largest city Columbus Largest metro area Cleveland Area  Ranked 34th  - Total 44,825 sq mi (116,096 km²)  - Width 220 miles (355 km)  - Length 220 miles (355 km)  - % water 8. ...


"I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" and "I'm On My Way" were both major chart hits in Australia - so much so that the band very successfully toured the major cities of Australia in 1989. They were supported on the Sydney and Canberra legs of that tour by indie rock band The Mexican Spitfires. Helped by the inclusion of "I'm on My Way" on the Shrek soundtrack in 2001, the Proclaimers have remained popular in Australia with "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" and the former song regularly played on Australian radio and at suburban parties, nightclubs, and especially pubs.[citation needed] The Sydney Opera House on Sydney Harbour Sydney (pronounced ) is the most populous city in Australia, with a metropolitan area population of 4,119,190, and 151,920 in the City of Sydney, as of the 2006 census. ... For other uses, see Canberra (disambiguation). ... Indie rock is a subgenre of rock music often used to refer to bands that are on small independent record labels or that arent on labels at all. ... The Mexican Spitfires were a Sydney Australia based indie rock/indie pop band formed in suburban Strathfield in the Strathfield Municipality in the mid 1980s. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


As of May 2006 "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" had remained in the iTunes download chart since December 2004. The 1988 album Sunshine on Leith sold over 25,000 copies in 2005. In June 2007 their ex-manager, Kai Davidson, was killed in a fall aged 44, and the death is being treated as a suicide.[5] For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... This article is about about the iTunes application. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... June 2007 is the sixth month of that year. ...


Continuing popularity

  • Their song "I'm On My Way" appeared on the soundtrack to the 2001 animated film Shrek.
  • In 2003, the Proclaimers came fifth in The Glasgow Herald's poll to find The Most Scottish Person in the World.
  • On July 6, 2005, they were the opening act at Edinburgh 50,000 - The Final Push, the final concert of Live8 at Murrayfield Stadium. They played "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" to symbolise the conclusion of The Long Walk to Justice.
  • On the February 27, 2007 episode of the television show, How I Met Your Mother, the band's "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" was played multiple times throughout the show as the "cassingle" that was stuck in the tape deck of a car.
  • The Proclaimers appeared randomly on the popular Australian television show Rove (TV series) twice. The first time they appeared, they appeared randomly on the stage, and began playing, before Rove McManus, host of Rove, pressed a button on his desk and a piano was dropped on the band. He then stated that he was going to fire someone after the show. The band later reappeared on the show, and were this time interviewed by Rove McManus. After being interviewed, they played again (this time a different song), but their performance was cut short just before the end of the song, when the pair exploded in a cloud of white smoke and the clatter of a guitar. This series of gags were widely watched and well-received Australia wide, making the already popular band even more famous in Australia.
  • In issue 165 of Viz, there is a head to head to find the "King of the Proclaimers", Craig vs Charlie. It is a dead heat for the first four rounds, "Recording Career", "Scottishness", "Spectacle Wearing" and "Anti Death Sentence Campaigning". Charlie takes it by 10 points in round 5 "Guitar Playing"!

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Discography

Studio albums

Image File history File links The-Proclaimers-This-Is-The-Story. ... Debut album from The Proclaimers. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links Proclaimers_sunshine_on_leith. ... Sunshine on Leith is The Proclaimers second and most well known album, released in August 1988. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links Proclaimers_hit_the_highway. ... Six years after their second album, The Proclaimers deliver their third studio album. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links Proclaimers_persevere. ... Thirteen years after the Proclaimers had a surprise hit with Im Gonna Be (500 Miles), the Scottish duo released Persevere, their fourth album, on May 22, 2001. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Proclaimers_born_innocent. ... Fifth album was an independent release by the duo. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Proclaimers_restless_soul. ... Sixth studio album released under own label. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

EP

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Compilation

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Singles

Year Title Chart positions Album
US US Modern Rock UK
1987 "Throw the R Away" - - - This is the Story
1987 "Letter from America" (band version) - - 3 This is the Story
1988 "Make My Heart Fly" (band version) - - 63 This is the Story
1988 "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" 3 (1993) 21 (1993) 11

26 (2007) The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... The Modern Rock Tracks chart is a music chart that has appeared in Billboard magazine since the early 1980s. ... See also: 1986 in music, other events of 1987, 1988 in music, 1980s in music and the list of years in music // January 3 - Aretha Franklin becomes the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. ... See also: 1986 in music, other events of 1987, 1988 in music, 1980s in music and the list of years in music // January 3 - Aretha Franklin becomes the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. ... Letter From America is a song written and peformed by Scottish band, The Proclaimers. ... See also: other events of 1988 Musical groups established in 1988 Record labels established in 1988 list of years in music 1980s in music // Peter Ruzicka becomes director of the Hamburg State Opera and State Philharmonic Orchestra. ... See also: other events of 1988 Musical groups established in 1988 Record labels established in 1988 list of years in music 1980s in music // Peter Ruzicka becomes director of the Hamburg State Opera and State Philharmonic Orchestra. ... Re-recorded cover 2007 Cover for Comic Relief Im Gonna Be (500 Miles) is a song written and performed by Scottish pop band The Proclaimers. ...

Sunshine on Leith
1988 "Sunshine on Leith" - - 41 Sunshine on Leith
1989 "I'm On My Way" - - 43 Sunshine on Leith
1990 "King of the Road" - - 9 King of the Road (EP)
1994 "Let's Get Married" - - 21 Hit the Highway
1994 "What Makes You Cry" - - 38 Hit the Highway
1994 "These Arms of Mine" - - 52 Hit the Highway
2001 "There's a Touch" - - - Persevere
2007 "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" feat. Brian Potter and Andy Pipkin - - 1

See also: other events of 1988 Musical groups established in 1988 Record labels established in 1988 list of years in music 1980s in music // Peter Ruzicka becomes director of the Hamburg State Opera and State Philharmonic Orchestra. ... See also: 1989 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1989 Record labels established in 1989 other events of 1989 list of years in music 1980s in music // January 7 - Genesis 88 and Sunrise/Back to the Future stage large-scale illegal Acid House party in London January 14 - Paul... Im On My Way is a song by Scottish band The Proclaimers for their album Sunshine on Leith. ... See also: 1989 in music, 1990 in British music, other events of 1990, 1991 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // January 21 - MTVs Unplugged premieres on cable television with musical guest, Squeeze February 6 - Billy Idol is involved in a serious motorcycle accident... See also: 1994 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1994 Record labels established in 1994 other events of 1994 list of years in music 1990s in music // January 29 - The Supremes Mary Wilson is injured when her jeep hits a freeway median and flips over just outside of Los... See also: 1994 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1994 Record labels established in 1994 other events of 1994 list of years in music 1990s in music // January 29 - The Supremes Mary Wilson is injured when her jeep hits a freeway median and flips over just outside of Los... See also: 1994 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1994 Record labels established in 1994 other events of 1994 list of years in music 1990s in music // January 29 - The Supremes Mary Wilson is injured when her jeep hits a freeway median and flips over just outside of Los... See also: 2001 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2001 Record labels established in 2001 2000s in music. ... // January George Shearing is knighted for services to music in the Queens New Year Honours List. ... Re-recorded cover 2007 Cover for Comic Relief Im Gonna Be (500 Miles) is a song written and performed by Scottish pop band The Proclaimers. ... Brian Potter in Phoenix Nights Brian Chelsea Potter, one of many fictional characters played by Peter Kay, is the owner of The Phoenix Club in both That Peter Kay Thing and Peter Kays Phoenix Nights. ... Lou Todd and Andy Pipkin are fictional characters from the cult BBC TV and Radio Show Little Britain played by Matt Lucas and David Walliams. ...

DVD

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References

  1. ^ a b Brian Logan. "Pop idols", The Guardian, 2007-02-08. Retrieved on 2007-02-08. 
  2. ^ "The Simon Mayo Programme", BBC Radio Five Live, March 28, 2007. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "Letter to America: Proclaimers join campaign to free death-row Scot", The Scotsman, May 16, 2006. 
  5. ^ The Edinburgh Evening News.
  6. ^ "Mutual Relief: Lucas and Kay join for charity single", BBC, 17/03/2007. Retrieved on 2007-03-17. 

The Guardian is a British newspaper owned by the Guardian Media Group. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... February 8 is the 39th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... February 8 is the 39th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... BBC Radio Five Live is the BBCs radio service providing live BBC News, phone-ins, and sports commentaries. ... March 28 is the 87th day of the year (88th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... The Scotsmans offices in Edinburgh The Scotsman is a Scottish newspaper published in Edinburgh. ... May 16 is the 136th day of the year (137th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 76th day of the year (77th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

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