I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
|"I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)"|
|Single by The Proclaimers|
|from the album Sunshine on Leith|
|Released||August 1988 (United Kingdom)
June 1993 (United States)
March 2007 (UK re-release)
|Format||7", cassette single, CD single|
|Recorded||1988 (Original version)
2007 (Re-recorded version)
|Genre||Celtic rock, folk pop, college rock|
|Length||3:33 (Original album version)
3:42 (2007 version)
|The Proclaimers singles chronology|
"I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" is a song written and performed by The Proclaimers. It was released on their 1988 Sunshine on Leith album, and subsequently as a single. It has become their most popular song, reaching No. 11 in the UK charts and No. 1 on the Australian ARIA Charts in 1989, and No. 3 in the United States Billboard Hot 100 in 1993 when the song appeared in the film Benny & Joon. The song has become a live staple at their concerts. The Proclaimers played it at Edinburgh 50,000 – The Final Push, the final concert of Live 8 at Murrayfield Stadium on 6 July 2005, to symbolise the conclusion of "The Long Walk to Justice".
The song is often played in the warm up before the Scotland matches when playing at home at Hampden Park in Glasgow, and again when the team scores.
At the end of the fourth series of the new Doctor Who, a video of the cast and crew of the show (as well as The Proclaimers themselves) singing and dancing along to the song was released, as a farewell to David Tennant, Russell T. Davies, and other key players in the show's development; hailing the shift into the Steven Moffat era of the show.
The song was also very popular in Spain in the late 1990s thanks to TV advertisements. It was a reference song for the ads of Retevisión, one of the first private telecommunications companies in Spain.
The song is also featured on the How I Met Your Mother episode "Arrivederci, Fiero," in which it is revealed that the character Marshall has had a cassette tape with the song on it stuck in his car for years. Commentary on the song's unlimited replay value follows. It has since become a running gag on the series.
The song is featured in the movies Bachelorette, Identity Thief, Benny & Joon and Burke and Hare. It is also featured in the movie The Angels' Share directed by Ken Loach, which won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012.
In 2013, Randall Munroe calculated on his blog What If that, because the original version of the song is approximately 213 seconds long, and the International Space Station orbits the Earth at ~4.76 miles per second (7.66 km/s), an astronaut listening to the song on the ISS would have travelled very nearly exactly 1,000 miles from the beginning of the song until its end. 
Original 1988 version
- "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)"
- "Better Days"
|1993||Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)||5|
|1993||Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||42|
|19??||Germany (Media Control AG)||40|
|1989||New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||1|
|1993||Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||36|
|UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)||11 (original)
1 (Kay and Lucas cover)
The Proclaimers re-recorded the song with Peter Kay and Matt Lucas as characters Brian Potter from Phoenix Nights and Andy Pipkin from Little Britain respectively. There is a slight change in the lyrics with the words "roll 500 miles" replacing "walk 500 miles". This is because the characters Brian Potter and Andy Pipkin are both in wheelchairs. This version was released as a charity single for Comic Relief on 19 March 2007. It reached No. 3 on the official UK Singles Chart on download sales alone, and one week later reached No. 1, where it remained for three weeks. It sold 126,000 copies in its first week making it the biggest selling number one of the year up to that point. Its sales were double that of the "official" Comic Relief single by Girls Aloud vs. Sugababes, and their cover of Aerosmith's "Walk This Way". The song ended 2007 as the year's 9th biggest-selling single in the UK.
Kay also directed a video clip of the song featuring himself as Brian Potter, Lucas as Andy, David Walliams as Lou, The Proclaimers and an audience of celebrity guests: of Johnny Ball, David Beckham, David Bellamy, Dusty Bin, Tony Blackburn, Stan Boardman, Basil Brush, Bob the Builder, Bucks Fizz, Cannon and Ball, Bob Carolgees & Spit the Dog, Jasper Carrott, Keith Chegwin, Jimmy Cricket, Tess Daly, Bobby Davro (referred to in the lyrics), Carol Decker, Lesley Garrett, Clare Grogan, Paul Henry, Frazer Hines, Siobhan Redmond (credited as "Her off Holby City"), Elton John, The Krankies, Burt Kwouk, Bonnie Langford, Eddie Large, Michael Le Vell, Limahl, Kenny Lynch, Des Lynam, Timmy Mallett, Amanda Mealing, Jennie McAlpine, Terry Nutkins, Bill Oddie, Paul O'Grady, Postman Pat, Wendi Peters, Robert Powell, Rod, Jane and Freddy, Rupert the Bear, Showaddywaddy, Status Quo, Kathy Staff, Frank Sidebottom, Sonia, Dennis Taylor, David Tennant, Willie Thorne, Kate Thornton, Dave Lee Travis, Louis Walsh, Pete Waterman, Lizzie Webb, Sally Whittaker, June Whitfield and Gary Wilmot. Osama bin Laden (then still a fugitive terrorist), Lord Lucan (missing since 1974) and Shergar (a kidnapped race horse) are also falsely credited as appearing in the video. It was broadcast during the Comic Relief 2007: The Big One TV special.
- "Coral Masters darts tournament comes to Ingliston". Edinburgh News. 1 November 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2013.
- "Mutual Relief: Lucas and Kay join for charity single". Chortle. 17 November 2006. Retrieved 17 November 2006.
- Retevision - Spot telefono a las estrellas (1998 ad)
- Orbital Speed, Randall Munroe. Retrieved 25 August 2013
- "The Proclaimers – I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
- "Australian-charts.com – The Proclaimers – I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
- "Ultratop.be – The Proclaimers – I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
- "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
- "Charts.org.nz – The Proclaimers – I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)". Top 40 Singles.
- "The Proclaimers – I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
- "Mutual Relief: Lucas and Kay join for charity single". Chortle. 2006-11-17. Retrieved 2006-11-17.
- BBC Music. "Top 40 Singles of the Year 2007 ". Retrieved 2007-12-27
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