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Welcome To Bandit Country
They’re the comedy rap duo who have lit a fire under Irish music, brought the zeitgeist to Limerick and proved that it is possible to be funny, groovy and a little bit scary at the same time. Twelve months since 'Horse Outside', The Rubberbandits are STILL the plastic-bag bemasked twosome on everybody’s lips. Accompanying their exclusive seasonal photoshoot with Hot Press, they talk Christmas number ones, being shadowed by journalists and stuffing a flann under Dolores O’Riordan’s door...
Olaf Tyaransen, 09 Dec 2011
Are you planning on getting married?
MC: Yeah. Eventually, for tax reasons.
BBC: For tax reasons. If you’re a couple in a band the tax cuts are brilliant.
There must be some disadvantages to working and sleeping together…
BBC: No. I don’t think so.
MC: Sure John Lennon and Yoko Ono did nothing but gold after they started shacking up. Like that album they had, Woman Is The Nigger Of The World.
There’s a song on your new album called ‘Black Man’. Are its lyrics – “I need a black man in my gang/ A black man doing black man thangs” – not slightly racist?
BBC: It’s gay racist. It’s a Freudian concept. It’s about wanting to be gay with a man because you hate his race.
MC: It’s a Freudian concept that you just made up right there.
BBC: Yeah I just made it up. It’s not real, like.
MC: It’s a song about stereotypes. Everyone gets a mention in it, not just black men. Puerto Ricans. Jews. Mafiosos. Men in wheelchairs. Russians. Gays. The whole shebang. It just sounded better to use ‘Black Man’ as the chorus.
BBC: But as well, according to Hollywood the best gang members are black men so if that’s what Hollywood’s telling us…
The Making Of Serious
How was the album recording process?
MC: It was grand. We went up in a hot air balloon, come down about three weeks later and we’ve got an album on our hands. That’s pretty much it. Do you ever fall out artistically?
BBC: Not fall out, we’d have the odd disagreement, which you have to do if two people are making the
What’s a Rubberbandits disagreement like?
BBC: I call him a ‘faggot’ then he calls me a ‘faggot’, then we go round the back of my shed and start shifting each other (laughs).
How are the people of Limerick taking to
BBC: Limerick are grand, Limerick are… they like it. I don’t know, I haven’t been there in a while.
MC: What does Limerick make of us? (pause) They love it, I suppose. I mean, anything that comes out of Limerick everyone just latches onto and says it’s great, no matter what the fuck it is. There’s a statue of Richard Harris down in Limerick that’s shit and everyone says it’s great. It’s shit. It’s like the one of Phil Lynott up in Dublin. It’s a shit statue and everyone says it’s brilliant because it’s Richard Harris and he’s from Limerick. So I assume that they think we’re great because we’re from Limerick. They might just think we’re shit.