Proclaimers PhotoFORMED: 1986

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 were a post-punk pop band, aggressively displaying their thick accents on sweet, infectiously melodic songs about love. After two albums in the late '80s, 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 duo 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, the band was close to completing their third album at the time, leaving them in a position to capitalize on their success. However, when the album was released the following year, it 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 priorities took full scale. The new millennium exuded 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 grim and glory of their native Scotland, but also a sign of the prime of life. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide