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We Started Nothing

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Great DJ
That's Not My Name
Fruit Machine
Traffic Light
Shut Up and Let Me Go
Keep Your Head
Be The One
We Walk
Impacilla Carpisung
We Started Nothing
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Total Tracks: 10   Total Length: 37:33

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A promising debut from a band that — for better or worse — started something
2008 | Label: Columbia

In "Shut Up and Let Me Go," the Ting Tings' frontlady Katie White shouts, "I was something un-ignorable" — and un-ignorable is exactly what her band became after that song was used in an iPod commercial in April of 2008. The British duo was already on the charts overseas, but that song, off their debut LP We Started Nothing, launched their career in the U.S., and it's one of music licensing's best success stories.

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oooh la la


For me."That's not my name" How should i put it? radical? Infectious? fresh? Really damn Good? It's all that and a bag of Fish and Chips!!!

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I was so excited to see that emusic finally got the Ting Tings! I downloaded on sight. This album is great, there's no way you can get past the voice of this girl much less the tunes. In their own league and that's a good thing! Yep, I'll pay the little extra.

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eMusic shows its true form again


Interesting music. Even more interesting that the "hits" require a 12-credit album download for 10 tracks. Amazon has them for $1.29. You do the math. edit 11-19-2010: Now, with the "new and improved" eMusic pricing, getting the one song you want from this is going to cost you $6.49. Way to bend us over, eMusic!

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On the Ting Tings’ debut album, We Started Nothing, the duo’s new wave-worshiping mix of dance and indie pop — which grafts chugging guitar and bashed drums onto looping structures and proudly plastic keyboards — is polished, but far from polite. Singer/guitarist Katie White’s snotty, singsong vocal delivery and flat rhymes are part cheerleader, part playground chant, and a tiny bit of punk snarl; “That’s Not My Name,” on which White sneers “Are you calling me darling? Are you calling me bird?,” even sounds a little like riot grrrl sloganeering filtered through a decade’s worth of pop. Even when White sings more melodically, as on “Traffic Light” and “We Walk,” the energy, attitude, and repetition can be grating, even if you’re tapping your foot to the songs. However, the Ting Tings manage to stay on the catchy side with “Fruit Machine,” a Lily Allen-ish bit of cheeky bordering on vindictive pop, and on “Keep Your Head” and “Be the One,” which tone down the Ting Tings’ energy to more manageable but still lively levels. “Great DJ” and “Shut Up and Let Me Go” (which sounds like a Yeah Yeah Yeahs parody/tribute) are also standouts, and it’s no surprise they’ve been used in commercials — they’re so short and memorable, they feel like jingles waiting for products to endorse. Since they’ve got a real knack for writing songs that stick in your head whether you want them to or not, the Ting Tings’ songs are fun in very small doses. – Heather Phares

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