The Proclaimers: ‘For those who’re going to suggest at our gig, be sure to’re sober sufficient to get in’

What’s the furthest you’ve truly walked? JeanLewisLebris

Craig Reid: Most likely about 15 miles. I’ve by no means met anybody I’d stroll 500 miles for.

Charlie Reid: The tune [(I’m Gonna Be) 500 Miles] is a devotional factor about how far you’d stroll for a lady’s love. I’ve walked eight or 9, however up a Scottish hillside, so loads of vertical miles.

Who had been your greatest influences? BobWoodturn

Craig: Our mum and pa listened to Ray Charles, Fat Domino and Jerry Lee Lewis, in order that went in at a really early age. Then the Beatles, the Kinks and the Stones and, later, the Conflict, the Pistols, the Jam and Dexys Midnight Runners.

Charlie: Kevin Rowland paid for demo time for us and I do know he helped different individuals as effectively. He’s somebody I love loads.

The Proclaimers on stage in 1989.
The Proclaimers on stage in 1989. {Photograph}: Ebet Roberts/Redferns

Is it true that Cap in Hand was banned from the airwaves by the BBC within the lead as much as the 2014 Scottish independence referendum? Hotsot

Craig: I don’t know if it was banned, nevertheless it definitely wasn’t performed. Whenever you’ve bought something political in your report you assume: “Effectively, that gained’t be happening the playlist!”

Did you discover it weird or flattering that the BBC bought Sir Tom Devine to counter the ideas in your new album, Dentures Out? Cleggatemyhamster

Charlie: He’s an awesome historian, so it was flattering, however barely odd. I’d reasonably him take a pop at us than many others. The theme of the album is individuals dreaming of an England that’s gone or maybe by no means existed.

Craig: Sir Tom mentioned that Britain wasn’t distinctive in being nostalgic, however we had truly mentioned that Britain was the worst nation for it. It’s develop into so pervasive; in all probability a symptom of a damaged nation.

Do you consider an unbiased Scotland is achievable in your lifetimes? BeachedShrek

Charlie: Sure, nevertheless it’s all the way down to timing. I feel there’ll be a common election earlier than we get one other independence vote, however I’ve simply learn that half of Tory voters need vitality renationalised, which might by no means been been the case earlier than. So we’ll see what occurs.

The Proclaimers in 1986
The brothers in 1986. {Photograph}: Mike Prior/Redferns

You instructed me that I used to be the primary particular person to ask to your autograph, exterior the Home of Fraser division retailer in Edinburgh the day after you appeared on The Tube. Do you bear in mind? Rangers1

Craig: I bear in mind doing The Tube in Newcastle, getting off the practice in Edinburgh and strolling down George Avenue with the guitar. Folks got here as much as us, however I don’t bear in mind signing an autograph exterior Home of Fraser.

How did you are feeling concerning the movie Sunshine on Leith and would you be open to doing an unique movie soundtrack? NoShamus

Charlie: I assumed it was sensible, with the ladies singing Letter From America and stuff. It’s not our movie – it’s a movie that makes use of our songs – however I’m proud to be related to it. As for doing a soundtrack, the snail’s tempo we end stuff at means it would by no means occur.

Do you begin with the tune, then add the concord half(s), or “hear” them collectively from the beginning? I like the best way the concord appears to go above and beneath the tune and the 2 regularly overlap. Twinkle

Charlie: That evaluation is appropriate, however exhibits up the shortage of musicianship between Craig and me. All the things we had been instructed to do from once we had been children, we did the mistaken approach spherical. The Proclaimers’ sound is a driving guitar and our voices. You’ve bought to have the ability to hear the lyrics, as a result of they matter greater than the rest.

Did an interviewer actually ask you the place you met? TooMuchSpareTime

Craig: That’s occurred a few occasions, however a DJ interviewed us nose to nose, then requested: “So, the place did you guys meet?” The report firm man turned to the wall, biting his hand, crying with laughter.

Craig Reid on stage at Edinburgh Castle, Scotland, in 2019
Craig Reid on stage at Edinburgh Fort in 2019. {Photograph}: Roberto Ricciuti/Redferns

Is The Joyful Kilmarnock Blues primarily based on a real story? blindalley

Craig: Hibs [the Scottish fooball team Hibernian] had been relegated and I hitched all the way down to Kilmarnock. The sport was fucking shit. I bought a raise again to Edinburgh from a Canadian man who requested the place he ought to go to get a lady. I instructed him to go to the previous nightclub beside the Playhouse theatre – not as a result of it was one of the best place to get a lady, however as a result of it was solely half a mile from my home.

Do you remorse not being on the biggest recreation in your membership’s trendy historical past, the 2016 Scottish Cup last? How did you are feeling when the fans sang Sunshine on Leith? Fran2016

Craig: We’d booked all our gigs, together with one in Salisbury on the identical day as the ultimate, considering Hibernian would by no means make it.

Charlie: We watched the sport on a shitty pc within the dressing room that was working a couple of minutes late, so we came upon Hibs had scored earlier than we noticed it. It felt unreal. After all I remorse lacking it, but when I’d been there I’d have had a coronary heart assault. Two of my sons instructed me that, after they performed the tune and the followers began singing it, a few guys we knew, who’re lifeless now, had provide you with faces moist with crying. That’s the truth of what it meant to individuals; it had been 114 years since they gained it.

I noticed you at Wychwood competition in 2015 and somebody proposed throughout Let’s Get Married. Do you get many proposals? Prestonian79

Craig: Heck, a great deal of them! There was one man who took a child off his lap, handed it to his potential mother-in-law and bought down on one knee.

Charlie: We get a request to announce: “So-and-so needs to ask a query …” One man bought so drunk he was refused entry, so the lady was left on her personal questioning what he needed to ask her. For those who’re going to make use of the Proclaimers for a wedding proposal, be sure to’re sober sufficient to get into the gig.

Have you ever ever dropped Letter from America from the dwell set? maidenover

Craig: By no means – and we couldn’t drop 500 Miles, I’m on My Means or Sunshine on Leith. We’re lucky to have had a number of well-known songs, however not many, so inside an hour and a half there’s perhaps eight we’ve bought to play and we’ll rotate every part else round them.

Charlie: If we dropped 500 Miles, we’d be playing with our lives. Within the US, once we performed Letter from America early within the set, a man got here up and mentioned: “How come you didn’t do Letter from America?” We instructed him we had and he went: “Oh. I didn’t get in till midway by way of.”

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