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A gruesome twosome
The most unlikely blind date since Mork and Mindy, Damo and Ivor are currently squatting atop the charts with their dipso, erm, classic ‘Everybody’s Drinkin’.
Anne Sexton, 10 May 2011
Most of us like a drink and we’re all fond of music. Given this, you’d think a song dedicated to the joys and perils of getting hammered would have the ability to cross class boundaries. You’d be wrong.
Like a pair of divas from different sides of the tracks, Damo and Ivor may have a number one single with ‘Everybody’s Drinkin’ but the two of them have never clapped eyes on each other. Ivor is horrified at the very thought. “I’ve never met that total skanger. I don’t even want to be in his vicinity. I haven’t had my tetanus shots yet!”
Damo is not quite so vicious, but reckons his musical partner is a snob. “I won’t want to be around someone as stuck up as that. They’re all up their arse ya know.”
Ah, well that explains why Hot Press has to meet them separately.
Class war notwithstanding, Damo and Ivor are enjoying being number one.
“Well, number one is like a winning thing for me, I’m always winning – that’s the norm for me,” says Ivor challenging Charlie Sheen in the tiger blood stakes.
Future collaborations don’t seem likely. Damo has been “banging out tunes” for a while, he says, but Ivor is not exactly a musical prodigy.
“I also used to have a pirate radio station in me granno’s house, underneath the stairs. She used to have a bathroom in there. I’d be sitting on the jacks with the decks in front of me. It was real cramped in there.”
While Damo is signed to Skanger Records, Ivor is a bit of a mystery. Who the hell is he? A quick search on the interweb reveals that he’s wealthy and hangs out with the likes of Rosanna Davison, her boyfriend Wes Quirke and his brother Andy. But it seems fame might be getting to his head.
“I don’t even know those people,” Ivor is quick to deny. “I don’t know who you’re talking about! Never heard of them in my life!”
While the song may be high in the charts it’s not universally popular. In The Evening Herald, Michael O’Doherty slated it for glorifying binge drinking.