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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
BBC: Here’s proof of the fact that we didn’t know it was going to be popular. We just released it as a video on TV and made no plans for it to be released on CD or anything whatsoever. None. We were on Republic Of Telly every week so it was just, here’s another sketch. A little bit more effort put into it than the other stuff but this is a song we made on our computer.
MC: I think if you expected it to be [big] then you’d sing in key and have better jokes in it. The video would be more expensive we would have made our cocks look bigger, all that kind of stuff, but no.
BBC: Total accident. At the time we were getting about 100,000 views from the sketches we put up from Republic Of Telly, which was good for us at the time, and we were expecting this one might go about 200,000. We knew it would be a little bit more special than the sketches because there was music in it. But it’s around 8 million now (8,185,222 views at the time of writing – OT).
MC: It’s a song and you can walk away with a song in your head.
You wound up competing with The X-Factor for Christmas number one last year...
BBC: That was a complete pain in the hole. We wanted nothing to do with it.
MC: It was moronic. We weren’t trying to be cool. We didn’t give a fuck about the Christmas number one. It’s for (adopts particularly strong Limerick accent) cuuunts. Christmas number one is for cunts.
THE STORY OF THE MOULDED BAGS
Actually a DJ friend of mine played it at a music festival in Portugal recently. He told me the whole place went mental...
BBC: Really? My bag’s from Portugal. This Brazilian woman got in touch with us and started supplying
our bags and she sent boxes and boxes of bags over from Brazil and Portugal. That’s where we get our bags now.
How many bags a night do you go through
BBC: One bag a night on stage. This one has had a few uses though. The sickener is that you get three or four uses out of it, you get used to it and then you have to throw it away. It gets comfortable and it gets nice but there is a time when you have to part with the bag. This will reveal my face eventually and that’s when it has to go.