Song of the Day, February 17: I’m On My Way by the Proclaimers

ProclaimersIOMWToday’s song is I’m On My Way by the Proclaimers. Identical twins Craig and Charlie Reid were born in Leith, Scotland in 1962. Musical from a young age, they played in a number of post-punk outfits in school, forming their own band, the Proclaimers, in 1983. They blended a folky pop with political sensibilities and their distinctive, proudly Scots harmonies. A fan sent their demo to the Housemartins, who were impressed enough to invite the brothers to open for them, leading to a recording deal and more exposure in the UK music media. Their debut, This Is the Story, was a UK success and spawned a number of singles.

For their sophomore outing, they stuck to their succesful sound but added a number of studio stalwarts, including a couple of members of Fairport Convention. The result was the stirring Sunshine On Leith, another big UK success. It got some college airplay in the US, but didn’t break big until five years later when the track I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) was featured in the film Benny and Joon and went to #3 on the Hot 100. It’s a great song, as are most of the album’s tracks.

The standout, however, is the charming I’m On My Way. An ebullient celebration of the redemptive power of romance, it’s a lovely showcase for the brothers’ special style. Blending road imagery with their journey from “misery to happiness,” they celebrate love in a pitch-perfect pop gem.

Enjoy this wonderful song today.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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