The Sultans of Ping FC are an Irish band formed in 1988 by Niall O’Flaherty, Pat O’Connell, Paul Fennelly and Ger Lyons. The band’s name is a play on the Dire Straits song “Sultans of Swing”, dating from a time when “it was sacrilege to say anything whatsoever funny or nasty about Dire Straits”.
Following a number of line up changes the band came to the attention of the UK and Irish music press, when the humorous pop-punk song “Where’s Me Jumper” was released.
After several other independently released singles, the band signed to Epic Records, through a deal organised by Rhythm King Records’s Martin Heath.
With Epic, the band released their debut album Casual Sex In The Cineplex, and its follow up Teenage Drug. Already a cult hit in the UK, by this time The Sultans Of Ping were also becoming popular in Japan, with many tracks gaining release in that market only. The latter album was called Teenage Planet Sexy War in Japan, and included the single “Michiko”.