The Rubberbandits wanna fight for number one in the charts

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

LIMERICK’S The Rubberbandits launched their eagerly awaited new single “I Wanna Fight Your Father” in front of nearly 3,000 students at Dublin’s DIT Bolton Street campus this Thursday.

LIMERICK’S The Rubberbandits launched their eagerly awaited new single “I Wanna Fight Your Father” in front of nearly 3,000 students at Dublin’s DIT Bolton Street campus this Thursday.

The plastic-bag wearing Limerick rappers said they wanted to “rally the troops at DIT by singing them our new love song to show that love conquers all in turbulent electoral times”.

“After launching our last single at the gates of the Dail, we wanted to go directly to the youth of Ireland and distract them ahead of the election,” said Blind Boy Boat Club.

Having taken the world by storm with their first single, currently boasting more than six million views on You Tube and reaching number two in the charts in December, the ‘Bandits are now aiming to fight for top spot in the charts with their humorous follow-up single.

The duo announced that they will be playing in Dublin’s Olympia Theatre on April 21, and will become the “first band from Limerick” to headline the Trinity Ball - along with The Streets and Bell X1 - on April 8.

The Limerick duo will play a gig for more than 2,000 students in UL’s Sports Arena this coming Thursday, as part of UL Charity Week.

Blind Boy told the Limerick Leader shortly before the single launch in Dublin that “if Horse Outside was about how the good guy gets the girl then “I Wanna Fight Your Father” is about taking that love further to the point of being physically maimed to prove that love”.

Indeed the video, shot mostly in Limerick with the final scenes filmed in Arbour Hill Boxing Club and South Studios in the Liberties in Dublin, features Mr Chrome squaring off against his lover’s father in a scene evocative of the famous wrestling scene in Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s ‘Two Tribes’ single, released in 1984. The ‘Bandits said the video was shot using over 60 extras, three animal wranglers and “500 pounds of cod from Donkey Ford’s chipper”.

The duo will perform the song on next Friday’s Late Late Show, and the single is in shops now and available to download from iTunes. They denied, however, that they were trying to replicate the success of the first single, but did say that “at this time of year, anything can get to number one”.