Born in Leith in 1962, identical twin brothers Craig and Charlie Reid grew up in Edinburgh, Cornwall and Auchtermuchty in Fife. They listened to early rock ‘n' roll and country greats such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Merle Haggard and Hank Williams and played in punk bands, forming The Proclaimers in 1983. With a fervent live following growing in Scotland, their first big break came late in 1986 when they were invited to tour with The Housemartins. Then in January 1987 they made a now seminal appearance on the Channel 4 pop program The Tube, performing "Letter From America" and "Throw The ‘R' Away."
Singing in regional accents about Scotland – its emigration and its politics – they were a far cry from the mid-1980s playlist staples of Rick Astley and Sinitta, and became a phenomenon almost overnight, signing to Chrysalis within a month and recording their 1987 debut album acoustically, This Is The Story, a week later, produced by the man who also signed them to Chrysalis, John Williams. Voted NME Readers Best New Band that year, they toured the UK extensively and a new ‘band' version of "Letter From America," produced by Gerry Rafferty went Top 3.