The Rubberbandits, a duo of pretend degenerates whose skill at sending up their own native city is so convincing politicians and members of the public took to the airwaves yesterday alternatively to lambaste and praise their YouTube hit, Horse Outside.
Foulmouthed, foulminded, and fashionably whackerish, Blindboy Boatclub and Mr Chrome posed outside Leinster House yesterday to address the nation “on the current state of your aul wan’s face” and also to announce their war on X Factor, pitching Horse Outside as a viable Christmas No 1 alternative to Matt Cardle’s cover of When We Collide.
With almost 1.5 million YouTube views in just five days and being recorded as the second most tweeted video in the world, a number one Christmas hit is within their grasp.
Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea, who has been lampooned by The Rubberbandits, said yesterday on RTÉ radio: “They are doing us a favour. Let’s get a sense of humour.”
Far from damaging the image of the city, he said if it tops the Christmas charts, it will reflect well on Limerick and the success of two Limerick lads.
His views were not supported by Evelyn Byrne, a fellow Fianna Fáil-er, who ran for the party in the Euro elections in Dublin, but who was not known to Mr O’Dea. She said Horse Outside, with its reference to bringing children to house parties where drink and drugs are used, raised child protection issues.
However Mr O’Dea said The Rubberbandits were not lampooning Limerick, but were lampooning the image of Limerick projected in the national media.
In their music video, A Song for Willie O’Dea, Mr O’Dea is featured selling hash while singing “It’s daycccccccccent hash, I swear on my ’tache”.
Limerick city councillor Tom Shortt, brother of comedian Pat Shortt, said yesterday The Rubberbandits are part of “the healthy image of Limerick” while not going down well in the more affluent parts of the city.
Mr Shortt said: “The Rubberbandits have made a fashion accessory out of the plastic bag. My own brother used the plastic bag in his routines when he tried to bring back the plastic bag after the Government introduced the plastic bag levy.”
Responding to one of his detractors on the airwaves yesterday, Blindboy — rumoured to be a lecturer at University of Limerick — said: “Someone needs to get that man a dictionary and look up “irony”.
He said people needed to realise there was a difference between art and reality.
* To make The Rubberbandits dream of a Christmas No 1 a reality, download the single on iTunes or buy it in store today.