Damo and Ivor

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Damo and Ivor
Medium Television, music
Nationality Irish
Years active 2011–present
Genres Character comedy
Notable works and roles Republic of Telly
Damo and Ivor
Members Andrew Quirke

Damo and Ivor are a comedy duo act from Ireland, composed of two contrasting Dublin stereotypes, both portrayed by Andrew Quirke. The characters first appeared on Republic of Telly in 2011.[1] Their musical parody, "Everybody's Drinkin'" debuted at sixth position in the Irish Singles Chart in April 2011 after the music video was shown on the programme.[2] On September 16, 2013 their television show, Damo and Ivor debuted on RTÉ Two.[1]

Origin[edit]

Damo Whelan and Ivor Itchdaddy are caricatures played by Andrew 'Andy' Quirke who takes on the twin personas of skanger Damo and posh Ivor.[2] The characters represent the northside-southside Dublin divide.[3] The character of Damo, a colloquialism of the name Damian, originated in a Bebo video called Skanger me Banger, a satire of the MTV show, Pimp My Ride set in inner city Dublin.[2] [4]

Career[edit]

Music[edit]

Everybody's Drinkin'[edit]

The song and video, "Everybody's Drinkin'" debuted on Republic of Telly, a TV review and magazine programme on Irish public broadcaster, RTÉ Two. This was aided by the video, which cost €2,470 to make,[2] going viral on YouTube and gaining over 70,000 hits in under a week. The song which is a double-pronged attack on Dublin drinking culture[5] resembles David Guetta's "Sexy Chick" and tells the story of a raucous night out from characters on both sides of the social divide. It features two contrasting Dublin stereotypes, which ends in each "getting shitfaced". It debuted at number six in the Irish Charts in April 2011[2] and has been compared to The Rubberbandits' "Horse Outside" which was also featured on Republic of Telly.[6]

Big Box Little Box[edit]

"Big Box Little Box" is the second single released by Damo and Ivor, released on 24 October 2011[7]

Television[edit]

After the positive reception of Damo and Ivor on Republic of Telly, RTE Two commitioned a television show based on the duo. It follows the story of the identical twin brothers who were separated after birth. Their mother, unable to look after both of them, sells Ivor to a wealthy family in Foxrock, Dublin, while Damo is raised by his grandmother. Damo and Ivor began airing September 16, 2013 on RTE Two.[8]

Controversy[edit]

Criticism[edit]

"Everybody's Drinkin'" has attracted some criticism with Michael O'Doherty of the Evening Herald calling it an "expensively produced, booze-sodden, bikini model-infested video homage to binge-drinking."[9] The Irish National Parents Council Post Primary said: "The implication of this behaviour is being trivialised and glamorised without any cognisance of the danger to the lives of our young people" while Fionnuala Sheehan, chief executive of Drink Aware is quoted as saying "We are concerned about trends such as these because, the more people are exposed to images of excessive drinking, the more they normalise such behaviour."[2]

Lawsuit[edit]

Irish singer-songwriter Damien O'Regan tried to sue the national broadcaster and Andrew Quirke for alleged copyright infringement over their use of the name "Damo" in the television show Damo and Ivor several days before it was set to air. He claimed he registered the name "Damo" with the Irish Patent Office several years beforehand and believed the infringement would damage the goodwill he had spent years building. He brought his case to the Irish High Court and requested an injunction.[1] The show aired as planned and the case was dropped with O'Regan agreeing to waive any entitlements or rights to the name "Damo" as part of the Damo and Ivor concept.[10]

Personal[edit]

Quirke is the son and heir of millionaire businessman, Richard Quirke. His father is the man behind the controversial casino proposed by Michael Lowry.[11] He has a brother, model Wesley Quirke, the husband of former Miss World, Rosanna Davison.[2]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Album Title Album details Chart positions
IRL
[12]
Epic Choons 31[13]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart position Album
IRL
[12]
2011 "Everybody's Drinkin'" 6 Epic Choons
"Big Box Little Box'" 26
"Thank God It's Christmas'"
2012 "Maniac 2012'" 4
"Horny'"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Alison O'Riordan (08/05/2011). "Dr Quirkey heir Andrew in shock binge-drink video". Irish Independent. Retrieved 2011-05-27. 
  2. ^ "Damo & Ivor: Number 1 On The iTune Charts". Broadsheet.ie. 2011-04-27. Retrieved 2011-05-27. 
  3. ^ "Everybody's drinkin by Damo and Ivor". Gombeen Nation. 2011-04-29. Retrieved 2011-05-27. 
  4. ^ "Is Damo and Ivor's viral hit on its way to the top of the Irish charts?". Hot Press. 2011-04-27. Retrieved 2011-05-27. 
  5. ^ "Is Damo and Ivor's Everybody's Drinkin' the new Horse Outside". Joe.ie. 2011-04-27. Retrieved 2011-05-27. 
  6. ^ http://itunes.apple.com/ie/album/big-box-little-box-single/id474554647
  7. ^ "RTE television Damo and Ivor". RTÉ News. 2013-09-05. Retrieved 2013-09-19. 
  8. ^ Michael O'Doherty (2011-04-28). "Dr Quirkey heir Andy seems to think binge drinking is a subject for mirth. Wrong". Evening Herald. Retrieved 2011-05-27. 
  9. ^ "Damo and Ivor High Court challenge resolved". Irish Independent. 2013-09-13. Retrieved 2013-09-19. 
  10. ^ "Lowry furious as super-casino hopes dashed". Irish Independent. 2013-07-16. 
  11. ^ a b "Damo and Ivor Epic Choons Music Charts". Retrieved 2013-09-18. 
  12. ^ http://acharts.us/album/66874

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