The Proclaimers and The Airborne Toxic Event: Live From SXSW on DIRECTV

One of the most fun times I have ever had at a concert was seeing The Proclaimers at the El Rey in Los Angeles last year. Loren and Donovan and I muscled our way to the front and jumped up and down with drunk Scottish people, who have intense cultural pride parallelled only by Filipinos and HSM fans. Paul Rudd was there too, but I didn't approach him because he was too busy fending off hot girls in heels. (I know what that's like.)

Most people think The Proclaimers—Scottish twins Charlie and Craig Reid—are mere one-hit wonders for their unarguably catchy "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)." But their back catalog of albums and songs is wide in scope and really terrific, and they're huge in the UK—their "Sunshine on Leith" has been adopted as a national anthem of sorts and gets belted out by sports-goers at ball games. And until you see them in concert (I've been three times), you don't realize how powerful their voices really are—recordings don't quite do them justice.

Watch the music video of "Life With You," a song that I actually sing to Pork Chop by replacing all instances of the word "you" with "Pork Chop":

Well, The Proclaimers will be performing at South by Southwest this weekend, and their set will be beamed directly to DIRECTV viewers! Check out the entire line-up, which includes Ben Harper, Third Eye Blind, Echo and the Bunnymen, and the fantastic band, The Airborne Toxic Event. Watch them perform an acoustic version of "Happiness Is Overrated":


  1. Anonymous3/20/2009

    FYI, The Proclaimers are appearing at the Hotel Cafe in LA next Tuesday, 24 March (2009).

  2. Cool! Thanks for the tip.