The Ting Tings – That’s Not My Name

Posted on January 01, 2012

It was a great night on the Jools Holland show last night for his New Year Hootenanny and I loved the performances by The Ting Tings. I might have been a bit premature searching for the YouTube videos of the show however, all I could find was Jessie J’s Price Tag, James Morrison and Pokey Lafarge. So I had to settle for a previous version of the Ting Tings performing ‘That’s Not My Name’. Bit of a shame because I thought the one from last night seeing us into 2012 was better than this one. Still I’ll keep checking and I am sure it will come on-line eventually and then I can change it out. There were a few more I wanted to blog about, Sandie Shaw was excellent and so was Cindy Lauper’s Time after Time. I quite liked Caro Emerald as well, so I will definitely be looking again in a few days to see what has appeared. I popped a little bit of Caro from Strictly in to give you a flavour of what she gets up to, the dancing is not bad either.

The Ting Tings ‘That’s Not My Name’ has actually been around since 2008 when it went to number 1 in the UK charts. So as usual I have been a bit slow catching up. Time does fly when you are enjoying yourself after all. I think what appealed was that Ting Tings sounded a little like one my most favourite bands Transvision Vamp, which I always refer to as a punk meets pop group. Strange then that Katie White started in an all girl punk group called TKO (Technical Knock Out)

Their d├ębut album was We Started Nothing released in 2008 but which initially found its way onto the Internet consequently being downloaded for free by rather a lot of unscrupulous people. Loyal fans came to their rescue however and supported the group by starting to buy the album legally taking them to number 1 in the UK album charts. According to Wikipedia anyway.

That’s quite good really, because at the end of the day, illegal downloading has the potential to kill the industry and no one sensible wants that to happen. I will get off my soapbox now though, in case I bore anyone to death with my goody two shoes attitude, and anyway I need to get on with some illegal downloading now. Only joking. Here is the album listing and I hope you enjoy the videos.

We Started Nothing

1. Great DJ 3:22
2. That’s Not My Name 5:10
3. Fruit Machine 2:52
4. Traffic Light 2:57
5. Shut Up And Let Me Go 2:51
6. Keep Your Head 3:22
7. Be The One 2:56
8. We Walk 4:04
9. Impacilla Carpisung 3:39
10. We Started Nothing 6:22

I Love Rock and Roll – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Posted on July 30, 2011

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts - I Love Rock and RollThe opening article on this blog was called Queen Meets Waynes World and was basically Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. So in a way this is the 2nd time I have a featured a track from a common source, although this time it is the film ‘Waynes World’, and rather than Queen it is the fabulous Joan Jett and her Blackhearts performing ‘I Love Rock and Roll‘.

Originally written in 1975 by Alan Merrill and Jake Hooker of Arrows, who also recorded the first released version of the track. It only really made to the big time however when Joan and the Blackhearts did a cover in 1981 which went platinum. But there is another twist to the tale because the video shown here is the version of the song used as part of the Wayne’s World 2 soundtrack in 1993. There are several scenes from the movie with Mike Myers and Dana Carvey mixed with Joan and her band playing in a concert. This sort of follows the approach used in the original Waynes World where Bohemian Rhapsody proved such a big success, both for the film and for Queen. So it is fair to say that cover versions of ‘I Love Rock and Roll’ have been a lot more successful than the original Arrows version. Well it might be fair to say it, but its not particularly fair for the Arrows, unless they got royalties of course.

Now I have to be honest with you, I haven’t actually bought an album of Joan Jett’s, well not yet anyway. But looking down the list of their Greatest Hits below, there are another one or two that definitely used to get an airing at some point in the local discos we used to frequent as teenagers and in our early twenties. I Love Rock and Roll is probably the most recognisable, but ‘ Do You Wanna Touch Me’ was definitely up there along with it. Anyway I guess I need to get the album to see which other ones I can remember, but the one I will never forget is ‘I Love Rock and Roll’, classic.

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts – Greatest Hits

1. Cherry Bomb 2:33
2. You Drive Me Wild 3:52
3. School Days 3:02
4. Love Is Pain 3:30
5. Bad Reputation 2:47
6. You Don’t Know What You’ve Got 3:42
7. I Want You 2:42
8. I Love Rock N’ Roll 2:55
9. (I’m Gonna) Run Away 2:28
10. Crimson and Clover 3:16
11. Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah) 3:43
12. The French Song 3:35
13. Everyday People 2:39
14. Fake Friends 3:16
15. Light of Day 3:31
16. I Hate Myself For Loving You 4:07
17. Backlash 3:28
18. Activity Grrrl 3:27
19. Love Is All Around 1:00
20. Androgynous 3:08
21. A.C.D.C. 3:24