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THE SULTANS OF PING
 
 
 
 
   
 
     
   
 

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SULTANS OF PING
CORK - Friday 19 Dec 2008 - The Pavilion - buy tickets
DUBLIN - Saturday 20 Dec 2008 - The Academy - buy tickets

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CLICK HERE for the video for the Sultans' first new single in 11 years, "GIRLWATCHIN". Available on iTunes

Back in 1988, seminal Irish pop punkers The Sultans Of Ping made their live debut at Rochestown College in Cork. Twenty years later the band reconvene back home to Ireland to mark the occasion with shows in Cork & Dublin. The band play all the hits from their acclaimed debut lp 'Casual Sex in the Cineplex' - 'Veronica', 'Stupid Kid', 'U talk too Much' and of course the classic 'Where's me Jumper' as well as a whole host of other tracks from the bands back catalogue.

The future's bright, the future is still Ping!

 
 
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A HISTORY LESSON

The Sultans Of Ping FC start in early 1989.Their first demo is recorded in 1990 and includes "Where's Me Jumper".They headline Eurorock 1990 as the token local crowd pulling band. Ian Wilson,producer of the Dave Fanning show on RTE,loves the show and offers them their first radio session.In June 1991 the Sultans are again invited to be the closing headline act,this time at the Cork Rocks festival. Martin Heath of Rhythm King Records catches their set by accident and promptly offers them a deal.The band play their first uk shows in November 1991. "Where's Me Jumper" is released as a single in january 1992 and instantly becomes a cult classic.It becomes the biggest selling single of the year in Ireland beating off competition from Bryan Adams '"Everything I Do".The Sultans release two further singles that year "Stupid Kid" and "Veronica" which strengthens the band's profile even more.

Their debut lp "Casual Sex In The Cineplex" comes out in January 1993 and crashes into the top 30 of the Uk album charts.The fourth single "U Talk Too Much" also makes the top 30 singles charts.The Sultans spend most of the year touring in the UK,Ireland,Europe and Japan clocking up 150 shows during the year playing in places as diverse as Letterkenny and Hiroshima while still finding time to write their second lp .By this time the band have dropped the FC from their name in a bizarre attempt to be taken seriously.Three singles from the upcoming lp are released-"Teenage Punks","Wake Up And Scratch me" and the classic "Michiko". All make the top 75 of the UK singles charts.

The second lp "Teenage Drug" is released in 1994 but doesn't have the same impact as their debut.The band decide to adopt a harder more american influenced sound and recruit Sammy Steiger (ex Golden Horde) to their ranks to beef up the guitar sound.The Sultans continue to tour incessantly to smaller but still enthusiastic audiences. In 1995 the "Of Ping" is quietly dropped from the name and the band are now just known as Sultans.

Third lp "Good Year For Trouble" arrives in 1996 but fails to sell well despite good reviews.The band are dropped by their record label and the writing seems on the wall.The Sultans get back to doing what they know best,playing live, and they set off around the UK, Ireland and Europe again.They support The Ramones on their last european tour as well as supporting The Sex Pistols in France.

1997 sees the band still on the road but starting to run out of steam.Their last show takes place in Cork in December 1997 and the night is ruined by aggressive bouncers who spend the evening attacking sultans fans.The band split up after the show.

Following a split, McCarthy joins the band "Pharmacy", O'Flaherty gets involved in producing the Japanese girl band Mika Bomb, while McFeely forms the rock'n'roll band "Sister", and later recruits a former member of The Young Offenders Steve Hackett.

The band reform as The Sultans of Ping in 2005, and do a short tour of Ireland and the UK. In 2006, the group play a show with Radio 2's Mark Radcliffe, and his band The Family Mahone, as part of Manchester's yearly Irish Festival.At the end of the year a live dvd of the band's return to live action in Cork is released by Cherry Red Records and does remarkably well and encourages the band to do even more shows.

In 2007 The band play several subsequent gigs around Europe, culminating in a show at the Brixton Academy in London (with Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine). December 7th sees the band release their first new material in 12 years with the single "girlwatchin'".

In 2008 the Sultans continue their sporadic activity with selected gigs around Europe,the UK and Ireland

The two shows in Ireland in December 2008 will see the band play all the hits from their acclaimed debut lp 'Casual Sex in the Cineplex' - 'Veronica', 'Stupid Kid', 'U talk too Much' and of course the classic 'Where's me Jumper' as well as a whole host of other tracks from the bands back catalogue

The future's bright, the future is still Ping!


 
 
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