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Editors’ Notes

This British indie pop duo have taken the best elements of contemporary, alternative pop (simplicity, stylish cool, and danceable beats) and shaken and stirred them with the edgy feel of late ‘70’s New York and British post-punk. Jules De Martino plays drums and guitar, and the irrepressible Katie White sings and occasionally bangs on a bass drum or cowbell and plays guitar. Their first single features “Great DJ,” all cool and sassy in a New Young Ponies kind of way, with big dance beats, hiccupy vocals, and shimmering tambourines, while flipside “That’s Not My Name” is even more cheeky and has a kind of M.I.A. flair. “Shut Up and Let Me Go” — used in an iPod commercial and landing the band on the U.S. Billboard charts — features a late ‘70’s, Blondie guitar sound with White’s vocals sounding like a schoolgirl chanting her way through a recess rhyme; tres old school!  White tries her hand at a retro, soulful falsetto ala Beck on title track, and with its stripped down, repetitive, and catchy guitar/drums and chorus, it’s another standout. “Impacilla Carpisung” is nonsensical and fun, a bit of electro-spice in the honey, and “Be The One” has White softening her vocals to sing in a more mainstream pop style. File under “M” for Major Fun!

Customer Reviews

Makes Me Wanna Dance!

This album is in one word...awesome. I love love love the way Katie White belts out those lyrics and how totally in synch she is with Jules De Martino's percussion. So catchy...with plenty of attitude...lots and lots of fun. You know an album is great when it makes you dance right out of your car seat! This is pop at its absolute best. While all of the songs are strong, I'd give top marks to "Great DJ", "That's Not My Name" and "Shut Up and Let Me Go" (if you've seen the latest Apple commercial you've heard this track). Recommended if you like Cansei de Ser Sexy, Gorillaz, Beck.

One Of The Best Of 2008

If you don't know The Ting Tings, they are featured in the latest Apple iPod commercial. This album s so creative. It's possibly the best album I've listened to this year. It's in it's own genre almost, and almost any person could enjoy at least one song on this album. Truly amazing!

Good, but without direction

This starts as a dance album, and progresses into something almost folkish. It's very fun and minimalist, with a decent combination of acoustic instruments and electronic sounds that don't sound over done. However, once the album was over, I felt like it led me know-where, and I feel almost as if this was a preview to something allot better. The real kill for this album, was the last song. The second to last track was not that great either, but if it had as solid an exit as it did an entrance, it would have been four stars.


Formed: 2006 in Manchester, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Named after a Chinese friend whose name sounds like the Mandarin pronunciation of "bandstand," the Ting Tings — a scrappy, dance-oriented duo consisting of singer/guitarist Katie White and drummer Jules De Martino — formed in the Salford district of Manchester, England in 2006. Prior to forming the group, the pair worked together in 2001 when White was in the all-female punk-pop group TKO and De Martino wrote some songs for them. Later the pair reunited, and with another friend formed...
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