ACTOR David Tennant has revealed his devotion to The Proclaimers, penning a heartfelt tribute for the sleeve of their 25th anniversary album.
The Bathgate-born former Doctor Who says he idolised the twins as a 16-year-old “geeky music fan” and chose one of their songs for his wedding. He recalls how he first saw Craig and Charlie Reid on Channel Four’s The Tube.
He says: “I’d never seen anything like The Proclaimers. I’m not sure anyone had. Two blokes, with the same face and a guitar, belting out a couple of tunes in thick, unashamed Scottish accents. Pop stars didn’t use their own voices to sing. It just wasn’t done.
“Here were songs about being Scottish, songs about car plants being closed down – Bathgate got a mention on Channel Four. In a song! I was born in Bathgate. I couldn’t believe this.”
In his homage for their The Very Best Of compilation, he also compares the twins with other music stars of the time, like Boy George, David Bowie and Adam Ant. He jokes: “It was like you couldn’t have a hit unless you were dressed as a camp pirate – not this couple.”
Tennant says he played their first album over and over again. “I fell in love with this music and this odd, unstyled, unlikely duo with a passion that has never dimmed to this day.
“Nobody else sounds like The Proclaimers and nobody else writes songs like these.”