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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
BBC: So we’re there writing a song in a bedroom, in Limerick, on a computer and then a year later…
MC: It happened!
BBC: And afterwards we said, we really have to write a song about winning the lottery. ‘Cos something else got prophecised as well. Did we prophecise something else?
MC: Er... well, we don’t have horses.
DULEEK, CO. MEATH IS DECADENT AND DEPRAVED
What’s been the worst reaction to your shtick?
BBC: A gig in Duleek. A gig in Duleek, Meath, with Joe Rooney and Andrew Maxwell. If you can imagine an entire room of people, in Duleek, an entire room not getting the joke. So basically, this was before ‘Horse Outside’, we go in there and their minds are made up, these two lads on stage are real, hard scumbags and they want to fight us. So we had a lot of people with pint glasses doing that (waves fist) – we had to leave the stage after 15 minutes because they were gonna kick our heads in. But Andrew Maxwell told us that all the audience were fucking doing coke. He was watching them. But it was a particularly misinformed crowd.
You actually feared for your lives?
BBC: Yeah it was really scary, because we’ve had loads of gigs where people don’t get it and that’s grand, but I don’t want to get a glass into the face. Now I’ve played the Bogside. I’ve played a song called ‘Up The Ra’ in the Bogside, and the song takes the utter piss out of the IRA and they were grand!
At least you can step off stage, pull the bags off, and nobody knows who you are!
BBC: That’s fuckin’ handy. A total ‘they went that way!’ type of thing. And worst of all, the one good thing about the gig is that it was relatively well-paid. The cheque bounced. Twice! The curse of Duleek!
Do The Rubberbandits have a motto in life?
BBC: What’s the motto? Always be true to yourself and… wait we do have a motto, don’t we?
MC: Take every day as it comes…
Both: (in unison) … and let no-one say that you can’t do nathin’.
BBC: That’s it. And up the Ra!
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