Formed in 1988 as a four-piece, Cork’s Sultans of Ping mixed high energy punk-rock with pop sensibilities, knocking out some pleasantly stunning material in the process – the most successful of which was their second single, “Where’s Me Jumper?”
The somewhat comical track was quite simple, really. A loud bash about losing one’s jumper as a discotheque, would see the band welcomed by Epic Records via Rhythm King Recording.
It was a deal that would see their début album (Casual Sex in the Cineplex) and its follow-up (Teenage Drug) attain cult status in both the British and Irish music industries.
While also carrying the single “Where’s Me Jumper?”, Casual Sex… also featured several other notable tracks, including the short, but brilliant “Stupid Kid” – a song that runs on repeat in my head most days.
Several line-up changes would see the band lose their consistency and their third full length effort, Good Year for Trouble struggled as a result.
The album, released independently, was also hit by the unwillingness of music retailers HMV and Virgin to stock it, with the mega-stores claiming the album cover was too explicit for their fragile-minded customers.
The band was released from their contract soon after Good Year for Trouble was released, with the band themselves finally collapsing not long afterwards.
They reformed in 2005 and have performed several shows, but nothing extensive. They returned to the studio in 2007 following an eleven year absence to record and release the single “Girlwatching”, but have shown little activity in the time since.