When the Reid brothers threw the R away on their 1987 debut album This Is The Story, to hear them proudly toting their Scottish burr was a minor revelation. Of course nearly two and a half decades later, generations of chippy provincial bands have made singing using received pronunciation about as fashionable as the deep fried Mars bar. Back then however - at the apex of Thatcherism - you need to understand that everybody was doing their best to sound American.
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