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That's Not My Name by The Ting Tings

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Reviewed on 12th June 2007.


That's Not My Name

By The Ting Tings

"That's Not My Name" is a punchy shot of girly spazz-pop, caterwauling its way through three and three quarter minutes of sparklingly riotous perfection. It'll have you clapping away like a latter-day "Hey Mickey", without leaving you embarrassed for so doing. It's a simply structured song but, boy, it works!

The promo blurb is keen to draw comparisons with the Pipettes and the Gossip. Frankly, there's too much attitude here for the former (although we'll keep those handclaps, thanks), and whilst we've got a sharp danceable riff here, you aren't going to find any of the latter's politicization in these lyrics. Even seeing them written out, I'm left without a clear idea of why people have taken to calling Katie (Vocals) by the wide array of incorrect monikers she references here (although it's safe to say that we're left in no doubt that she's less than chuffed about it.)

Jules, the only other member of the band, chips in with some dynamic counterpoint harmony during the genius of a crescendo that sees the song through to its conclusion. And when they're joined by Katie's overdubbed self once again we've got another example to cite when making the (fairly obvious) point that headcount is not directly proportionate to noise output.

Flip-side "Great DJ" has a slower pace, and is less about clatter than grooved musical precision. Still, it suggests that these new kids aren't the kind of one-trick ponies who are about to serve up one killer gem and then disappear off the face of planet music. Still, it's the A-side that you ought to be hearing more of this summer. "They call me quiet / But I'm a riot!" Anyone who calls it otherwise is supremely misguided.



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