The Proclaimers still enjoying the wild ride 0
The Proclaimers have still got it. (SUBMITTED)
A little bit of Scotland came to Vancouver Wednesday night when identical-twin brothers Charlie and Craig Reid, better known as The Proclaimers, performed to a packed PNE Amphitheatre. With The Very Best of The Proclaimers (25 years 1987-2012) disc now out, Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds with Charlie Reid.
24: Growing up in Scotland in the early to mid ‘60s, did British music have a strong influence on you or was there a lot of music coming out of Scotland too?
CR: British music was one of the prime influences on us, especially The Beatles, Stones, the Hollies, etc. A notable Scottish musician at the time was Jack Bruce of Cream.
24: What was the moment when you decided it was the route you were going to pursue it?
CR: We made up our minds to be songwriters before we left school.
24: A breakout year for you was 1988. What was that time like, both at home and abroad?
CR: We went from being unemployed to having a hit album (Sunshine on Leith) and touring the world in 18 months. I’m still trying to work out what happened.
24: Were you surprised at the success of I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) and I’m On My Way?
CR: Very surprised. We thought radio might ignore us. Thankfully we got a couple of breaks.
24: When you write a catchy song do you ever have any idea that it’s got the potential to become something of a pop anthem?
CR: People seem to notice our songs. Although we have only had a couple of hits, we sound distinctive. We don’t sit down to be catchy, but sometimes we get lucky.
24: How do audiences respond to you guys today and who exactly is at the shows?
CR: All ages from kids to grandparents. Our audiences always seem to want to join in. They feed our enthusiasm.
24: Do you find it’s easier to attract audiences today given the relative ease in which you can expose your music?
CR: Our audience seems to have grown. The Internet has been very useful in that respect.
24: How much touring do you do these days?
CR: As much as possible. Touring is the main thing for us.
24: How do you feel that you’ve grown or matured as artists today?
CR: I think our writing has matured. Our subjects are still love, faith; lack of faith, social commentary and humour.
24: Being brothers and band mates do you ever squabble about things?
CR: Not so much now. Squabbling at 51 years of age seems a bit pathetic.
24: What current artists or singers are you enjoying these days?
CR: Daft Punk, Norah Jones and Whitney Rose from Prince Edward Island.
24: Do you have any fond memories of Vancouver or Canada for that matter?
CR: All fond memories; shows, Canadian friends and Vancouver itself. It’s a world-class city.