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We Started Nothing [CD]

The Ting Tings Audio CD
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by Stewart Mason

Named after a Chinese friend whose name sounds like the Mandarin pronunciation of "bandstand," the Ting Tings -- a scrappy, dance-oriented indie pop 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 ... Read more in Amazon's The Ting Tings Store

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  • Audio CD (19 May 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Columbia Records
  • ASIN: B0017PCXM0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,967 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. That's Not My Name 5:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Fruit Machine 2:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Traffic Light 2:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Shut Up and Let Me Go 2:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Keep Your Head 3:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Be The One 2:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. We Walk 4:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Impacilla Carpisung 3:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. We Started Nothing 6:220.99  Buy MP3 

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The debut album by Salford's The Ting Tings comes hot on the heels of their No.1 single "That's Not My Name", a nugget of pop gold that comes on like a genetic splicing of Toni Basil's "Micky" and The Knack's "My Sharona". The bulk of We Started Nothing follows a similar formula, navigating a path between the smart, angular indie of CSS, Bonde Do Role, et al and the pop mainstream. Here and there, they pull it off perfectly: the stutter-rap of "Fruit Machine" sees vocalist Katie White leading on some poor sap with sultry charisma and lip-gloss sass, while the excellent "Shut Up and Let Me Go" is snappy dance-punk in the spirit of Blondie's "Rapture" or Tom Tom Club's "Genius of Love". Elsewhere, they branch out with mixed results. "We Walk" builds from quiet flourishes of piano into a surprisingly steely manifesto: "Smash the rest up/Burn it down/Put us in the corner cause we're into ideas", sneers White. Rather less good is "Traffic Light", a light, jazzy number that employs a number of somewhat forced driving metaphors to describe a relationship hit the skids. Still, it's a debut with promise, and a string of good singles is nothing to be sniffed at. -–Louis Pattison

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THE TING TINGS We Started Nothing (2008 UK 10-track CD album - A deliriously appealing mix of Go-Gos beat pop clubbier beats and Katies grippingly rankled vocal delivery The Ting Tings fashioned their entire album in six weeks at The Mill; its a rollercoaster mash up of energy anger and pure pop arousal; including the singles Great DJ Thats Not My Name Shut Up And Let Me Go Be The One and We Walk.)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They started something! 25 Jan 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I love this album, it's the best album from a new band for a very long time. I don't know if it's pop, indie, disco, dance or all of those things... I don't think this is an album that asks you to take it too seriously, it's just great fun! All the songs are fantastic. If you like 'That's not my name' you'll love this album. It's one of those albums you can just put on and play without skipping over the bad tracks. Every music lover should have this in their collection. It sounds like it's 80s influenced but is very much of its time. A real gem.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I shouldn't like it, but i do... 11 Feb 2009
Format:Audio CD
My inner music snob should despise this slice of british catchy hock riddled pop, but i don't. There is a simple reason that this album has done so well, it is very good! Unpretentious and with just enough originality on its side, this album deserves it's popularity. Ok so the vocals can be occasionally a little nasal, and the lyrics a little odd, but underneath all the pop chart sheen and multiple appearances on T4, there are real signs of talent and song writing ability here.

Free of any radical ideas or a pompous mission statement, the Ting Tings are refreshing and cheerful and at only 10 tracks long, the album is devoid of padding. In total five singles have been released from this album, which when you consider this is half the tracks on the CD and those singles are all strong enough to stand up in their own right, that is quite some acheivement for a debut release, even the much hyped Arctic Monkeys didnt acheive this.

It bothers me not if we never hear from the Ting Tings again after this album, that they will never fill a stadium, conquer the world (or preach to us how to save it, or sell us a t-shirt with a right-on slogan), but that is the appeal here, catchy bright and memorable music for the moment. Lighten up and enjoy.
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By TekPete
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The Ting Tings are a band I shouldn't like but for some reason I do like their music. Sadly, however the sound quality of this CD is very poor - there's barely any bass - I cannot listen to this album. It seems to me these days the manufacturers of CDs are deliberately making them sound worse than MP3s to bring about an untimely death, they tried to do this with MiniDiscs but due to the high manufacturing costs of pre-recorded MiniDiscs and subsequently the high cost to buy them in the shops the MiniDisc and of course the DRM with MDs and the fact there is no way to copy live recordings made on them digitally they died a natural death.

I should really give this item 2 stars or less but I don't want to put people off the Ting Tings when the problem is down to a badly manufactured product which is out of the Band's control; still they should be made aware of it.

Also one of the hinges on the CD was was broken.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Throw-away music for the disco floor 12 Nov 2012
Format:Audio CD
God knows where I picked up on The Ting Tings, but this is rather fun - an up-dated Altered Images/Primitives bubblegum pop outing with all the attitude of Transvision Vamp. It opens with the fizzy/poppy "Great DJ" and the rappy in-your-face "That's Not My Name" and there's plenty of variety to follow - "Traffic Light" sounds fluffy and inconsequential but I spotted an intriguing and distinct flavour of the Velvet Underground and Nico (I'm Sticking With You). "Shut Up And Let Me Go" is power-funky, "Keep Your Head" is punky and "We Started Nothing" is spunky. The title track is possibly my favourite on the album - rhythmic and persistent with a jazzy/bluesy horn-line - it's a fantastic work-out track.

A friend of mine described the Ting Tings as "repetetive and irritating". Possibly fair comment and they certainly could be accused of being more than a little derivative. Lightweight, superficial? Maybe. But if you want to catch me dancing 'round my kitchen, singing (badly off-key) into a soup ladle, this is the album that you're most likely to find in the CD player at the moment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unpretentious catchy pop 10 Jun 2008
By A. Owen
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Don't be put off by some of the adverse reviews of this album. If you treat it for what it is, a collection of unpretentious catchy pop singles, you will be more than satisfied with your purchase. Judged by the success of the Ting Tings in storming the charts with several tracks from this album it will soon be possible to rename it Ting Tings' Greatest hits!!

The album can be criticised for its lack of length (just 10 tracks)and the fact that it is more like a collection of singles than a 'coherent' album but it is an enjoyable listen in the car, in the summer sunshine in the garden (consider the neighbours!)and is also danceable party music.
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44 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's just a bit of fun... 25 May 2008
Format:Audio CD
Seems, once again, that some people are taking this far too seriously. So what if NME are getting it wrong by bigging them up. So what if they aren't the most original band in the world, so what if you've heard it done before - music doesn't have to be ground-breaking, original or that important.
If you're willing to listen to an album which is fun and catchy then this might be for you. If you want something deeper with a message then try having a word with yourself... just lighten up!
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26 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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OK lets cut to the chase. I was brought up with punk and I can say that the Ting Tings are the best thing that can happen to the over serious, retentive British music industry at the moment. They are quirky, fun and yes original. They are the perfect cure for the boring navel gazing crap that appears from bands such as the Kaiser Chiefs, the Killers, Babyshambles and most particularly the musically inept Artic Monkeys and the arrogant but retentive Kasabien.

The reason I like the Ting Tings is because I am fed up with listening to the dirges produced by the bands named above (and others). Its boring!

Oh and if you want to see hype in action - look at Coldplay - utterly bland and the whole group takes themselves far to seriously. Next thing Chris Martin will be like Bono from U2 giving us lectures about global warming and other subjects he knows nothing about.

I have heard that Chris Moyles from Radio One does not like the Ting Tings and that for me is about the best recommendation I have for buying this CD.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
not bad
Published 24 days ago by bil
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
not as good as I was hoping for, but it's ok. I like a few of the songs. hey ho.
Published 10 months ago by L. V. Andrews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing style
This is the Ting Tings first album and a really good one too .They have done so much recently putting songs on Myspace and Youtube and they have been so busy in the studio lately... Read more
Published on 16 Mar 2012 by Louis
4.0 out of 5 stars A girl and a drummer!
When I first heard the Tings tings it was way back in April 2008 when I saw the video for That's not my name. Read more
Published on 23 Jan 2012 by Matt182
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value
I heard "That's Not My Name" and loved it. Looked them up on youtube and I am not disappointed. Good 2-piece band. Great value for money MP3 album.
Published on 3 Jan 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars More!
Fun and funky. The debut album of the Ting Tings. Already a mainstay for adverts and programmes with their fresh new sound the videos are also weird and wacky. Read more
Published on 10 July 2011 by Jackiesmackie
I love The Ting Tings so much.
They are amazing live and EVERY song on this album is... so enjoyable. Read more
Published on 26 Sep 2010 by Mr. J. O. E. Reed
4.0 out of 5 stars cd
This album was a good dance, sing along cd and good for the car, the best song of course is "its not my name" i must of played it a 100 times. Read more
Published on 3 Jan 2010 by Ms. A. J. Tinkler
5.0 out of 5 stars fab album
Love this cd, get on the road with your roof off and the sound maxed up. Brilliant
Published on 9 Sep 2009 by P. As Need
4.0 out of 5 stars my opinion
a very good cd it lived up to expectations on hearing several tracks before hand
Published on 29 July 2009 by G. Barker
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