Tickle Me Pink

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Tickle Me Pink
Origin Fort Collins, Colorado
Genres Alternative rock, emo [1]
Labels Wind-up Records
Website www.ticklemepinkrock.com
MembersSean Kennedy (lead vocals, bass guitar)
Stefan Runstrom (drums)
Steven Beck (guitar, vocals)
Joey Barba (guitar/bass guitar)
Past membersJohnny Schou (bass guitar) deceased

Tickle Me Pink was an American rock band from Fort Collins, Colorado, signed to Wind-Up Records. The band was made up of Sean Kennedy (lead vocals, bass guitar), Stefan Runstrom (drums), Joey Barba (guitar) and Steven Beck (guitar, vocals). After independently releasing their first two EPs, If Only We Were Twenty One and Up (2005) and Half Seas Over (2006), the band released its first album, Madeline , on July 1, 2008. [2] The album's release coincided with the death of the bass guitarist Johnny Schou, reportedly due to a heroin overdose. [3] Schou was replaced by Joey Barba, a longtime friend of the band.[ citation needed ]


Tickle Me Pink officially played their last show together on March 5, 2011. [4] The band left a Twitter message to their fans the following day saying, "Farewell all. We love you and will never forget you. -TMP". [5] Kennedy then assembled a new band, Talisker Skye, and both Beck and Runstrom have played in the Wiredogs. [6]

The band announced two reunion shows in August 2016, one at Fort Collins' annual Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest. [7]

National exposure

The video for the band's first single, "Typical", was premiered on MTV2 Unleashed on August 4, 2008. The video was directed by Christopher Sims. The song has become popular in Colorado due to increased airplay on 93.3 KTCL.[ citation needed ] The band opened for Hawthorne Heights on their fall headlining tour in 2008. The members from Hawthorne Heights claim to have asked Tickle Me Pink to join the tour in part due to a sense of shared loss, having lost a band member, Casey Calvert, themselves the previous year. [8]

Their song "The Time Is Wrong" is used as downloadable content for Rock Band 2 , which is also compatible with its predecessor, Rock Band .


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  1. https://www.allmusic.com/artist/p966054
  2. Tickle Me Pink website
  3. , Rocky Mountain News, August 11, 2008] [ dead link ]
  4. Tickle Me Pink [@TickleMePinkFan] (March 3, 2011). "Our final show. This Saturday. Tickets are almost all gone! This is it guys!" (Tweet) via Twitter.
  5. Tickle Me Pink [@TickleMePinkFan] (March 6, 2011). "Farewell all. We love you and will never forget you. -TMP" (Tweet) via Twitter.
  6. Band website, January 25, 2016]
  7. http://www.bohemiannights.org
  8. AbsolutePunk.net
  9. https://www.billboard.com/music/tickle-me-pink/chart-history/