The 5-A-Side Line Up
Niall O'Flaherty (vocals / harmonica)
Morty McCarthy (drums)
Alan McFeely (bass)
Pat O'Connell (guitar)
Sammy Stieger (guitar)
Sultans of Ping F.C. was established by Niall and Pat in Cork in Ireland at the beginning of 1989. They loved Ramones, Black Beer and Women's clothes. They met Morty and then in September 1991, Alan joined. Sammy from the Golden Horde joined in early 1995. They have now dropped the F.C and the Ping, and are just the Sultans.
The Sultans are a unique mix of rock, punk, energy and humour, influenced by bands like Shonen Knife, Ramones and Carter USM. Fronted by the mad Niall O'Flaherty they make an amazing live band. It's worth going just to watch his antics.
Our Weapon is Assertion -Declaration of War by Niall O'flaherty
Purity, Madness,and Ultimate Power- not power over others, but self power. The power to be what you want to be! This power is worth fighting for. We must fight together-but never forget that we are fighting for individuality. Fight together but strive to be true to ourselves as individuals. Our weapon is assertion. Sometimes it will be hard to assert our individuality. We must listen to eachother, but only accept what we feel in our hearts to be true. Question everything-takenothing for granted- these very words that I write now must be questioned. If you have already said"this is rubbish", then your war has begun. It's better that we are despised terrorists than beloved slaves. Be a terrorist for your individuality. We have the electric energy that is life asserting. Hate with all your hearts those who tell you that life is not worth living. Be as ferocious as a tiger in your fight for teenage life. This world belongs to us- all of us who have Electric TEENAGE ENERGY. Let the teenage war begin.
A thousend thanks go out to Megumi Nakai for all her help and information, and for translating most of this page from Japanese.
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