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 début 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

Standing in the Way of Control -Beth Ditto and Gossip

Posted on December 16, 2011

Beth Ditto - Standing in the Way of ControlYou have to love this one from Beth Ditto performing ‘Standing in the Way of Control’ live. You do actually wonder now and then if she is actually going to run out of breath or collapse on the stage. But she does manage to belt it out from start to finish, so good job girl. I wouldn’t have been surprised if she hadn’t had a cover done on the XFactor this year, seeing that they had a few girls that could belt it out and because she is featured in the latest Dior advert if you listen to the background music.

There were those that weren’t impressed by Beth Ditto and actually suggested that the advert was better with the sound turned off so you could appreciate the beauty of Charlize Theron without being distracted.

Well all I can say to that was I had no problem enjoying the music or the view, and whoever said that needs to get a life in my view. I have to be honest though I couldn’t actually recall the name Beth Ditto and it took me a while to track her down and get her videos from YouTube. But I am glad to say I got there in the end. It was worth the effort as well, because Beth Ditto is a bit of a unique talent who definitely has a sound of her own. Plus I may have forgotten her name for a little while but I certainly knew who she was as soon as I saw her, she is a big girl after all and from that perspective very memorable.