Rubberbandits say video's just horse play
Published 15/12/2010 | 05:00
A Limerick hip-hop collective heading for the Christmas No 1 has defended their portrayal of their home city.
Since it was first screened on RTE TV's 'Republic Of Telly' last week, more than 1.2 million viewers on You Tube have watched the video for song 'Horse Outside' by outfit Rubberbandits.
Resembling an out-take from Channel 4 comedy 'Shameless', the promo features 15 members of the Shannonside collective claiming that in Limerick at least, the best way of attracting the opposite sex is by owning a horse.
Summed up by the song's catchy chorus: "F**k your Honda Civic, I've a horse outside."
However, a founding member of Rubberbandits, rapper 'Blind Boy', has defended the vision of Limerick.
"We have had the odd angry comment from people in Limerick upset by the video but art is about upsetting people. It's like the kind of prejudice the English had about the Irish.
"'Father Ted' came along and turned that on its head. We hope to do the same thing for Limerick with the Dublin media," Blind Boy told the Irish Independent.
And just like the clerical comedy, Rubberbandits are now being enjoyed by an international audience after help from Irish BBC star Dara O'Briain, who posted a link to their video on twitter yesterday.
"People of Ireland: do you think the Brits are ready for 'Horse Outside?'. He later posted: "People of Britain. You have 'X Factor' Matt; this will be Ireland's Xmas No 1. And it is genius," tweeted O'Briain.
Westlife singer Nicky Byrne is a Rubberbandits fan, similarly tweeting a link to the video to thousands of his young fans and writing: "Folks. Here's Irelands latest big thing. I love it!! Gotta be Xmas No 1 in Ireland."
Rubberbandits have already declared war on 'X Factor' winner Matt Cardle, in their race for the Christmas top spot, and plan to publicise their single by addressing the nation this morning on the steps of the Dail.
'Horse Outside' is the second single from Rubberbandits, their first release 'Song for Willie O'Dea', a tribute to the local politician of the same name, was issued in February.