Totally Wired are Ireland’s oldest and least successful ‘boy-band’. The band is composed of Emmet Quinn and Lorcan Hughes, both hilarious and talented in their own right but as a duo they look set to achieve world domination through their unique brand of muse-omedy! We managed to nab the lads in the build up to their big gig @ The Academy next Saturday (26th May) for a quick chat, here’s the result!
Hi guys, so I guess the obvious first question, for all those who aren’t sure who you are yet, is when and how did your ‘boy-band’ career all begin?
Lorcan: it started when we were boys and then we joined a band,
Emmet: different bands, in different parts of the country.
Lorcan: but together it started 10 years ago in a Tribute band …to the Bee Gees!
Emmet: great boy band, filthy as well, you should read their lyrics! Filthy
Lorcan: then we started writing our own songs
Emmet: which isn’t very boybandish
Wow, you’ve certainly been in the music business for a while! It’s well known that most music careers are fraught with highs and lows, drama and scandal, what have been the best and worst moments for ‘Totally Wired’ so far?
Emmet: emm, best momemt…backing Adam Sandler, going on the piss with Adam and Chris Rock! The Ladies
Lorcan: Emmet can’t remember most of his best moments! For me it’s performing a new song and the audience laughing where you hoped they would, that and playing with Shawaddywaddy, or taking the piss out of Keith Duffy when he was presenting a show we were on
Backing Adam Sandler and playing with Shawaddywaddy? Not many people can claim to have those experiences in their best moments list!! You mentioned earlier that writing your own songs isn’t very boybandish and I have to agree, ‘boy-bands’ are typically known for their cover versions, which begs the question; do you ever dabble in the world of parody yourselves?
Lorcan: We’ve just written the greatest parody song ever
Emmet: Tribute! It doesn’t sound anything like the original song, it’s just a tribute
Ooh, we’ll all have to pop into the Academy to hear it so! I know you have lots more hilarious original songs in your repertoire, are they all self penned? Is there anywhere in particular that you find is a good source of inspiration?
Lorcan: we’ve over 50 original self penned songs, and if I knew exactly where the inspiration came from we’d have more.
Emmet: people are the biggest source,
Lorcan: and my wife
Emmet: schhh…boybands don’t have girlfriends!…
Shh indeed, don’t want the fans figuring out you’re not available, ruins the fantasy… Speaking of fans it seems musical comedy is becoming more and more popular, have you any advice for budding ‘muse-omedians’?
Lorcan: start with the joke, the idea should be funny on it’s own, the music is just a different form of delivery
Emmet: and learn to play an instrument…there’s nothing worse than muse-omedy with no music
Lorcan: you don’t play anything?( to emmet )
Emmet: or find someone who plays an instrument…anyway I do play…around
Some wise words there gentlemen, I can imagine nothing worse than musicless muse-omedy! Obviously for this big tour you will have an extensive rider, is there anything you simply can’t live without in your dressing room? Or have you any pre-gig rituals without which your show would not go on?
Lorcan: I have to play my guitar before I go on… I give it good foreplay before I expose it to the world,
Emmet: Oh I’m a man of simple needs…I Simply need to have Alcohol, hookers Drugs….or whatever else is going free
That combination must make for some interesting backstage antics…you’ll have to write a tell-all autobiography someday and share the best bits! Finally, If you had just 5 words to describe your up-coming gig in The Academy what would they be? (Because if I give you anymore than 5 words we’ll be here all night!)
A Successful celebration of failure
Sounds like an intriguing and comically contradictory evening… I can’t wait! If you want to join me and catch Totally Wired weave some of their musical comedy magic @ The Academy you have a few options…
1. enter our competition and win yourself 2 tickets or
2. pop onto ticketmaster.ie and purchase them for just €17.35 each!
Either way you’re sure to have a good giggle as the lads bring their ‘Reunion Farewell Welfare Tour’ to the city centre.
If you simply can’t wait that long to see them in action, slide on over to their facebook page to see where they are this week!