Great DJ

Album: We Started Nothing (2008)
Charted: 33
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  • The Ting Tings are Katie White (guitar, vocals) and Jules De Martino (drums, vocals). Katie White told the Independent newspaper February 29, 2008 about this song, which is about clubbing in the Manchester area where she grew up: "It's a frustration song again, about alleviating the boredom." She added that it was about a venue they went to where they "danced a lot, during a stressful period of time."
  • This was originally released in 2007 as a double A-sided single with the song "That's Not My Name" by the independent record label Swirchflicker. It then became the duo's first major release after signing with Columbia Records.
  • The video is reminiscent of the promo for "Road to Nowhere" by Talking Heads. White told the Independent: "I saw Tina Weymouth and I found her inspiring because she's feminine, but not bimbo-y." De Martino added: "Then we found out Toni Basil did the choreography for it, and Katie was saying to everyone, 'Can we get her to do the video? It would be fantastic!' In the end, we had this choreographer who was a nightmare so the director told us to come up with something, which we did."
  • Despite selling in vast quantities, because this single had been given away for free in online stores before its proper release, it was ineligible for the UK charts.
  • After being re-released as a single, following the UK chart-topping success of "That's Not My Name," this reached #33 in the UK.
  • This was the first ever song that Jules De Martino and Katie White wrote together as the Ting Tings.
  • De Martino explained to Rhapsody how this song came about: "It was completely written by accident. Katie was singing and we were creating really weird sounds and loops and dance riffs. She got one of my guitars and played a D chord, which was new to her, and by accident, by frustration, she put a finger on another chord and I realized she was actually playing it wrong. She was muting some of the notes. But it worked and it became the second chord on 'Great DJ.'"
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  • Jay from Indianapolis, InI've been searching for this song for the longest. The opening notes are so intriguing.
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