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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 two were 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. The following year, a 30-track collection, The Very Best Of: 25 Years (1987-2012), was released, as was a film version of the jukebox musical Sunshine on Leith, with a soundtrack featuring 14 of bands' songs (the Reid brothers also had a cameo in the film). Still delivering strong melodies with intense, brotherly harmonies, a tenth studio album, Let's Hear It for the Dogs, arrived in 2015. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Albums by
The Proclaimers

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    Let's Hear It for the Dogs [Bonus Track]

    13 songs

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    Notes & Rhymes

    14 songs

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    Restless Soul

    13 songs

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    Born Innocent

    13 songs

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    This Is the Story

    14 songs

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    Persevere

    11 songs

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    Sunshine on Leith

    12 songs

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    Like Comedy

    4 songs

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    17

    23 songs

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    Life With You

    12 songs

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    Hit the Highway

    1 song

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    Spinning Around in the Air

    14 songs

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    Finest

    12 songs

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    Sunshine on Leith

    41 songs

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    Hit the Highway

    12 songs

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    This Is the Story

    1 song

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    Sunshine On Leith

    1 song

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    White is the Colour

    20 songs

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    The Best of the Proclaimers

    4 songs

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    The Rockfield Acoustic Session

    15 songs

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    Born Innocent [Bonus Tracks]

    12 songs

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    Hit the Highway

    16 songs

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    Sunshine on Leith

    4 songs

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    (I'm Gonna Be) 500 Miles [DVD Single]

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Top Songs by
The Proclaimers

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    Popularity
  2.   I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
  3.   (I'm Gonna) Burn Your Playhouse Down
  4.   Cap in Hand
  5.   I'm on My Way
  6.   Hard Times Come Again No More?
  7.   My Old Friend the Blues
  8.   Act of Remebrance
  9.   Sunshine on Leith
  10.   What Makes You Cruy
  11.   Redeemed
  12.   Here It Comes Again
  13.   Dear Deidre
  14.   Five O'Clock World
  15.   Unguarded Moments
  16.   No Witness
  17.   Sean
  18.   In My Home by The Vulcan String Quartet
  19.   Through Him
  20.   In My Home by The Vulcan String Quartet
  21.   After You've Gone
  22.   A Mix
  23.   Women and Wine
  24.   Dear Diedre
  25.   Wages of Sin
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Stations & Shows Featuring
The Proclaimers

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    One-Hit Wonders

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    George Jones Tribute

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    I Heart The 90s

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    '90s Alternative

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    The Greatest Years in Music

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    '90s Hits

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    Kids Classic Hits

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    '80s Alternative

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    Classic Alternative

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    Great Songs You Forgot


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