Stan's father inexplicably throws a fit when he discovers what his son is up to and forbids him to take part in the band. It is eventually revealed that he was once in a famous boy band ("The Ghetto Avenue Boys") back in the 1980s. He dropped out of high school and left his friends and family behind to pursue this fame. Although initially wildly successful, the band was quickly replaced due to its members' getting "too old". Deep in debt and properly shamed, Randy was forced to sell his possessions and return home with the remainder of his earnings to complete his education.
After a heart-to-heart, father-to-son conversation, however, he agrees to let Stan play, deciding that his son has to make his own mistakes in order to learn. The two rush to the mall for the gig, where Cartman is desperately stalling for time while they try to find a replacement for Stan.
Stan and Randy arrive in the nick of time — just in time, in fact, for Kenny to be crushed by an elevator, reducing their numbers once more to four. Randy gallantly steps in to replace Kenny and perform the song. When one of the few remaining listeners asks for an autograph afterwards, the group realises that, what with all this "fame" that they have acquired, they will never be able to live normal lives. They promptly break up the band.
What with northern novelty in the form of Antrim v Tyrone, southern volatility as Cork dismantled Kerry before struggling against Limerick and eastern promise in Dublin's defiant 14-man stand last Sunday, there has been a tendency to forget about Connacht in recent weeks.
Jul 16, 2009; Another close encounter beckons as Western big guns battle for bragging rights, writes Martin Breheny What with northern novelty...