Tuesday 20 March 2018

Rubberbandits remain on track to bounce back

Edel O'Connell

THE Rubberbandits may have lost out in their attempt to beat 'X Factor' winner Matt Cardle to the Irish Christmas number one slot, but the rappers are set to bounce back with a brand new single.

The Limerick comedy act were tipped to land the number one slot following the huge success of their madcap song and video, 'Horse Outside'. But they were outsold by more than two-to-one as Cardle topped the charts over Christmas. And although the 'Horse Outside' video received more than two million views on You Tube, the song could not match its online popularity with sales of CDs or downloads from the internet.

By the middle of last week it was clear that the 'X Factor' star would pip 'Horse Outside' to the post and the final figures revealed that Cardle's debut single 'When We Collide' had outsold The Rubberbandits' track by more than 35,720 units, in both CD and digital formats, by close of business on Christmas Eve.

Following the chart defeat the plastic-bag wearing rappers took a cheeky swipe at their rival, saying Cardle deserved the win "as he didn't have the looks so he needed the numbers".

The band's Blind Boy Boat Club added: "It is a bit like getting a complimentary honour in your Inter Cert -- everyone knows what it really means." The rapper also claimed that taking on 'The X-Factor' winner in the charts was akin to "two young fellas from Limerick with hurley sticks taking on the British Army, as represented by Simon Cowell, Matt Cardle and Louis the traitor". The act who came to fame with a satirical song about Willie O'Dea were, however, tight-lipped on the theme of their next chart venture.

Irish Independent

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