Monday, April 28, 2008

The Ting Tings: "You gotta love the BPM".

"They call me quiet girl, but I'm a riot." Well, a riot, indeed! In an unexpected turn of events, it looks like The Ting Tings will blow up in a big way this week. Their track "Shut Up And Let Me Go" has just been used in a new iPod commercial, and 'Great DJ' is scheduled to be the next free Single Of The Week for the US iTunes store. A tremendous push from Apple, and to think that 'That's Not My Name' is not even out in their homeland yet! This is really exciting news, as I LOVE both 'Great DJ' and 'That's Not My Name'. They're like a reverse pop version of The White Stripes - albeit for a hipper demographic. They make insanely infectious pop that's full of energy and fun. It takes a few listen to get used to the sounds, but once it grows, it's pretty hard to shake if off. Their debut album, "We Started Nothing", is out in May 20 in the UK. It'd be real cool if they got an overnight breakthrough in the US market, too.

The Ting Tings - Great DJ
I can do the 'the drums' bit quite well, I tell you. I always look like an idiot when I play this while walking on the streets.
The Ting Tings - That's Not My Name
This is an early version from their 7" single before Columbia snatched them, so the album version may differ a bit.

And here comes the quasi-exclusive part. Most of you have probably seen this video for "That's Not My Name" that looks a bit cheap. You may not know that there exists a Sophie-Muller-directed version that cost 6 times of that! Apparently, the band found the Sophie one 'nondescript', so the label commissioned a reshoot - but it's out of the bag now - and you can watch it below. This version's definitely an improvement, in my opinion. If anything, it succeeds in shedding their pop sheen a bit and giving them a more authentic, serious proper-band look - not that they need that.

Oh, fuck it's gone. Fuck Youtube.

You probably don't need me to point this out, but yes - Katie White is Hot! And I'm shallow.

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