This is the story of 30 years of The Proclaimers

Edinburgh twins Craig and Charlie Reid turned the pop world upside down with the release of The Proclaimers’ first album – This is the Story – in 1987.At a time when image was king, they burst onto the scene in glasses and scruffy jackets, belting out acoustic tunes in a broad Scottish accent.

A BBC Scotland documentary is looking back on their remarkable 30-year career. `This is the story of an enduring Scottish music phenomenon:

Unlikely influences

Dexys Midnight Runners

Proclaimer Craig Reid says the twins saw Dexy’s Midnight Runners in 1980, when they were 18.

He says: “They came on stage and it was not something we were expecting. It was like being hit by a truck. It was breathtaking how good they were and how unusual they were.”

The band’s charismatic frontman Kevin Rowland became a good friend of the twins.

He says: “They were very political. They were very vocal. You couldn’t win an argument with them, because there were two of them.”


Touring with The Housemartins

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Paul Heaton says The Proclaimers were brilliant live

Kevin Rowland helped The Proclaimers make a demo which found its way to The Housemartins, another popular 80s band famous for being outside the pop [ . . . ]

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