Like Comedy by The Proclaimers on Apple Music

12 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Proclaimers are positive people. Scottish brothers Craig and Charlie Reid wish everyone could see the world as they do: not as tragedy but "like comedy," as both the album title and the lyrics to the title track suggest. Even when they address potential sadness with "After You've Gone," they turn lemons into lemonade and then some. This overwhelmingly positive state of mind might alienate those who believe in their right to mourn and reflect in their sorrows, but the infectious melodies of "Women and Wine" and the U.K. single "Spinning Around in the Air" make it nearly impossible to resist this positive pop for now people. There's said to be a musical based on The Proclaimers' songs in the works, and one senses a touch of Broadway in the Queen-like "The Thought of You" and the slower-than-expected "Dance with Me," where there will be no dancing. For that, you'll need the bouncy "Wherever You Roam" and "There's." Decade after decade, the Reid brothers keep smiles on their faces and hope it transfers to their listeners.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Proclaimers are positive people. Scottish brothers Craig and Charlie Reid wish everyone could see the world as they do: not as tragedy but "like comedy," as both the album title and the lyrics to the title track suggest. Even when they address potential sadness with "After You've Gone," they turn lemons into lemonade and then some. This overwhelmingly positive state of mind might alienate those who believe in their right to mourn and reflect in their sorrows, but the infectious melodies of "Women and Wine" and the U.K. single "Spinning Around in the Air" make it nearly impossible to resist this positive pop for now people. There's said to be a musical based on The Proclaimers' songs in the works, and one senses a touch of Broadway in the Queen-like "The Thought of You" and the slower-than-expected "Dance with Me," where there will be no dancing. For that, you'll need the bouncy "Wherever You Roam" and "There's." Decade after decade, the Reid brothers keep smiles on their faces and hope it transfers to their listeners.

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About 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 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

  • ORIGIN
    Leith, Scotland
  • FORMED
    1986

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