Jokers unmasked as middle-class lads
SINCE gaining notoriety with their prank phone calls and spoof songs, the comedy rappers have been fiercely protective of their real identities, hiding behind plastic bags and nicknames.
However, the Irish Independent has learned that Ireland's most-talked-about act come from the more leafier suburbs of Limerick city.
Both aged in their mid-20s, Dave Chambers (Blind Boy Boat Club) and Bob McGlynn (Mr Chrome) have been friends since their days in secondary school at Ard Scoil Ris on the northside of Limerick.
While the Limerick secondary school won the prestigious Harty Cup in hurling earlier this year, when The Rubberbandits attended the North Circular Road school, the main sport was rugby. Irish rugby star Paul O'Connell was ahead of them in Ard Scoil Ris.
It was here that Chambers and McGlynn began a series of prank phone calls that were recorded on to cassette and later CD, gaining them fame and notoriety around Limerick.
From the very plush Ennis Road area of Limerick, Chambers is described locally as the brains of the operation.
"He was always big into music and they provided great fun to everyone back in the day with the wind-up phone calls," one former student said.
Chambers also attended Limerick School of Art and Design as a student of graphics and is understood to be completing a masters in psychology.
The other masked bandit, Mr Chrome, is simply known as 'Bob' to his friends. From Caherdavin, he was trained to dance at an early age by his mother, and is the singer and dancer in 'Horse Outside'.
McGlynn studied model-making in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, before going on to work on the set of 'The Tudors'.
The third member, who often plays Willie O'Dea, is well-known DJ, Paul Webb. From the Raheen suburb, Webb plays the decks for The Rubberbandits and acted as the priest in 'Horse Outside'. Webb has a show on Spin South West and has performed at some of the biggest clubs in the country and abroad.
Yesterday, posing beside a statue of their hero Oscar Wilde in Merrion Square, band member Blind Boy Boat Club denied the group were "middle class".
"We'd be more upper, upper class. Very wealthy and living in big houses with butlers," he joked.
Ian O'Doherty, page 46