Those of you who Know Their Indie will remember this band as a novelty, comedy band, a one hit wonder, maybe a band that bizarrely changed their name from the Sultans of Ping FC to the Sultans of Ping (when Sony told them to drop the football songs and stop being a comedy combo) and then to the Sultans (when the band went all serious, and their fanbase dwindled).
Those of you who worship at the Temple Of All Things Good will know them more for their riotous gigs, Niall O'Flaherty's endless banter with the crowd, and the astonishing wordplay which resulted in couplets like "One Night Of Mischeiva/In A Yellow Vauxhall Viva" and "You said Dostoevsky was the greatest of them all/In my opinion Boniek had better ball control".
The good word is that the Sultans are BACK. Playing LIVE. Here in ESSEX. This YEAR. In fact it's in Grays on Saturday 19 November, and I can't chuffin wait. For Christ's sake, if you have heard of them, and are mildly curious, this could be the last call, go and see them!
I assume at some stage you lay on the ground kicking your legs in the air to Turnip Fish. I saw them once with a friend in the Rock Garden in Dublin on a Saturday afternoon- extra free show because the gig the night before was full. We were the only two people at the gig kicking our legs with sober gusto. It's hard to know whether our actions conquered the hearts of the girls we were trying to impress. Hmmm Thanks for the mp3s. I have these on vinyl in a wardrobe somewhere. Thanks Armitage Shanks.