THE SULTANS OF PING
A HISTORY LESSON
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.
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.
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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