The Ting Tings: The definitive incarnation of the modern band?

25 02 2012

This week in a blaze of confusing controversy, The Ting Ting’s are back for a belated second album. You will remember them, of course as the duo behind the charmingly irksome number 1 single That’s Not My Name and the ipod advert theme, Shut Up and Let Me Go, both of which spawned from their 2008 album We Started Nothing.

Originally written after their previous band collapsed, and they were chucked from their record label, We Started Nothing is a delightfully bratty, catchy record, pitched midway between Punk and 80s pop.  It was an enourmous hit, mainly on the back of That’s Not My Name (which started life as a b-side, but a push from the NME, and airplay on Radio 1 got it a proper release) and for a summer at least, their songs seemed to soundtrack every advert.

Fast forward two years, and they release an apparently “low key” single, produced by hitmaker Calvin Harris, which gets  Radio 1 playlisted, but still only makes number 28 in the charts. The Ting Tings were apparently annoyed, and deleted all the things they were working on, things the record company were apparently quite keen on. Read the rest of this entry »