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Bandits face frantic final gallop to beat Matt in race for No 1 slot

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

Published 22/12/2010 | 05:00

Diamond geezers: the Rubberbandits at Tower Records on Wicklow Street, Dublin, where they were signing CDs yesterday
Diamond geezers: the Rubberbandits at Tower Records on Wicklow Street, Dublin, where they were signing CDs yesterday

YOUTUBE sensations the Rubberbandits took to the tills of Tower Records yesterday in a last-ditch attempt to secure a Christmas Number One.

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With the festive chart released this Friday, the Limerick outfit are fighting a losing battle for the top spot against 'X Factor' winner Matt Cardle.

Yesterday's mid-week chart revealed Cardle's debut single 'When We Collide' sold 27,754 physical copies and downloads between last Friday and Monday, with the Rubberbandits well behind, selling only 11,014 physical copies and downloads of comedy track 'Horse Outside' in the same period.

However, the Rubberbandits claimed last night they would stage a comeback after shipping 25,000 copies of their single to Irish shops.

"We're just two young fellas from Limerick trying to take on Simon Cowell. He has the distribution, the money and the media machine. All we have are the public. But Cowell doesn't have to win. People can get into the shops today, and tomorrow to buy our single," member Blind Boy Boathouse said.

Leading by example the Rubberbandits were yesterday in Tower Records, on Dublin's Wicklow Street, signing CD copies of their single, and the forehead of one fan.

"It's small-scale promotion compared to the 12-week 'X Factor' campaign Cardle has behind him. I'd liken it to taking on the British army with a flick knife," said Blind Boy Boathouse.

Despite achieving more than three millions hits on YouTube for their video 'Horse Outside', one well-placed Irish music industry source described the race for the Christmas number as "game over" in favour of the 'X Factor' winner.

"On Monday alone on physical copies, Cardle did 5,000 against the Rubberbandits' 3,000. What 'The X Factor' winner has going for him is that his CD single is a cheap stocking-filler for parents to give their kids.

"The Rubberbandits' CD has 35 f***s on it.

"It's more 'stocking over the head' than stocking-filler," the industry source added.

Irish Independent

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