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Welsh to write fake rappers film

Silibil 'n' Brains
Silibil 'n' Brains were getting nowhere using their true Scottish accents

The story of two Scottish rappers who lived the high life by pretending to be American is to be turned into a film.

Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh is to write a screenplay about the scam by Billy Boyd and Gavin Bain, also known as Silibil 'n' Brains.

After being laughed at by record executives, the pair adopted American accents and later secured a 150,000 recording contract.

The film will be based on Bain's book, California Schemin'.

The pair met at art college in Dundee and realised they were into the same music.

They sent demos to management companies in London but never heard anything.

American accent

They then tried calling to arrange meetings but had the phone hung-up on them. So the pair decided to take drastic action.

Mr Boyd, 28, from Arbroath, told the BBC Scotland news website: "Once, just for a laugh I thought, what I'll do is I'll put on an American accent.

"It automatically changed, the attitudes changed.

"It evolved from that moment, we thought that what we'd do is we would re-record all our music in American and we'd say we're on tour from America."

Eventually Silibil 'n' Brains were signed to Sony, they attended the Brit Awards, went to parties and met people such as Madonna, Green Day and Kelly Osbourne.

'Rip everyone off'

The pair lived the life from about 2002 until 2005, when frustrated by delays in releasing their music, they split up.

Mr Boyd, who now runs the Concrete Jungle clothes and art shop in Dundee, stands by his decision to con the music world.

"The idea wasn't we'll pretend and we'll try to get really rich and famous from it and we'll just rip everyone off," he said.

"What we planned on doing is becoming this superstar act and then maybe at the height of our career we'd turn round and release it - that by the way, we're actually Scottish.

Billy Boyd
Billy Boyd quit the band and opened up a clothing and arts store

"Almost getting one over on the industry, getting our own back, because we felt it was unfair that we weren't treated with the same respect for being Scottish artists as we would've being American artists."

Mr Boyd believes it is "fantastic" that a film is to be made and is glad that Irvine Welsh will be behind it as it is keeping the Scottish connection.

He suggests Shrek or an unknown actor will play him.

He said: "I love the story, what we've got away with is just crazy, it's really cheeky.

"It's something you can always look back on and go 'when I was that age I did this' and no-one else is going to have that story - that I signed a major record deal pretending to be someone else and got all this star stuff from it.

"What makes it quite funny is the fact that we didn't actually release anything, so it's not like we've become these superstars, we didn't even get to that level.

"We were living the life of these successful artists, but we hadn't actually had any success, which is part of the blag I guess."



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