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The Proclaimers got a big break in the ’80s when the Brit-pop band the Housemartins invited them on tour. It was a start of a good luck streak that really turned things around for the Scottish duo that had struggled up to that point. “We toured for five or six weeks around the UK and Ireland and just after that, we got a break on a TV show called The Tube,” says Charlie Reid in a TransAtlantic phone call. “That got us a recording contract. So after years of doing the same thing and getting nowhere, things really changed. After years of being unemployed and working shit jobs and not getting anywhere and not getting any further, it just took off.” Reid and his brother Craig had a huge hit with 1988’s “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles),” an anthemic love song that would be used in various films over the years and become the band’s signature song. The group hasn’t had a bigger hit but it has continued to put out terrific albums, including last year’s Like Comedy, a great collection of power-pop tunes and introspective ballads. For the current tour, the band will play acoustic and the rotating set will feature at least a handful of tunes from the new disc. “This is our 9th studio record so we try to play something from each record, even if it’s only one song,” says Reid. “For the U.S. tour, there will be about 17 songs. If people want us back, there will be a couple of encores. We never play the same set twice. I would reckon we’ll be able to play about 30 songs and we’ll play 18 or 19 songs a night. It’s good to switch it so you don’t go on autopilot. In the UK, we have people who come to more than one show; that’s the case even in the U.S. We want to do something different every night.” (Jeff Niesel)

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