Rubberbandits join ranks of Rushdie and Clinton
Published 14/12/2011 | 05:00
WEARING plastic bags on their heads they rubbernecked their way into the hallowed halls of Trinity College last night.
It was a new foray for the YouTube sensation The Rubberbandits who joined such luminaries as Bill Clinton, Salman Rushdie and Gordon Brown as guest speakers at the Trinity College Historical Society.
Once again concealing their identities, the Limerick-based hip-hop pranksters said they are no strangers to the posh halls of higher learning.
"We were inducted into the Philosophical Society about a year and a half ago. We met a philosophy student who said "I've read Marx" and I didn't realise she wasn't talking about her arse," said Bob McGlynn who goes by the stage name Mr Chrome.
Swigging from a couple of bottles of Bavaria beer and cheap white wine, the duo were joined at the podium by Hot Press journalist Olaf Tyaransen who quizzed them on their success after their hit song 'Horse Outside' propelled them to fame last year.
Noting that the song has garnered more than 8.3 million hits on YouTube, they said their newfound fame has brought them unexpected wealth and prestige.
"We earned enough cash to buy a car so now we drive around in cars like normal boys," Mr Chrome said.
The pair said they got their start in show business recording prank phone calls which they play in their live shows.
"We're the only boys who made a successful living out of messing in class," Mr Chrome added.
The pair also revealed that they have recently released a debut CD called 'Serious About Men' which went to the number six spot on the Irish iTunes Charts with 24 hours. The duo will also be starring in a new comedy created by 'Father Ted' director Declan Lowney to be screened on Channel 4 next year.
"It's a gas comedy. We're going to be jumping over things on push bikes and will open up a few coal mines in the north of England, again," added Dave Chambers, who goes by the stage name Blindboy Boat Club.