In 2007, the Proclaimers re-recorded the song with Peter Kay and Matt Lucas for the UK’s Comic Relief charity telethon, scoring a number one hit in the UK and outperforming their original UK chart run.
A couple of lines were changed to “roll 500 miles” reflect the fact that the comics were in wheelchairs as their well-known characters Brian Potter and Andy Pipkin.
The song had another boost with the release of the fantastic musical Sunshine in Leith in 2007 which Bohemian Rhapsody director Dexter Fletcher turned into an even more fantastic film in 2013 and was a number three hit at the US box office.
Starring Jane Horrock and George MacKay, the big screen musical took some of the band’s enduring songs and created a deeply moving story of three couples in Edinburgh.
Fittingly it ends on a massed singalong of I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) that fills the streets and central square of the city with thousands of real people joining in.
All the while, the brothers have also continued releasing albums and touring across the globe.