Shut Up and Let Me Go

Album: We Started Nothing (2008)
Charted: 6 55
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  • This song about a bitter break-up was featured in an iPod and iTunes TV advert. The deal came as a result of scouts from Apple spotting the band at the South by Southwest music festival in Texas. They were so impressed, they snapped-up this song for their new campaign.
  • The Ting Tings are a duo, drummer Jules De Martino and singer-guitarist Katie White. White explained in an interview with Three's A Crowd that the duo were named after a former work colleague of hers: "I used to work with a girl called Ting Ting. It means an old bandstand in Mandarin Chinese, and it also means the sound of innovation and an open mind. At first we were quite blasé because we thought we'd just be naming our band to play to our friends at parties, so we didn't spend hours and hours deliberating over the name. I like it, though. I'm quite happy with it."
  • Katie White told Pop Justice the story of how this song came to appear on the iTunes advert: "Well what happened was that we played at SXSW and we were doing three gigs a day and I was exhausted, and I actually fainted before we were due to play for the Apple people. I managed to play three songs, then we heard that they were interested in using the song and they sent a contract through. But we weren't sure if they were sending it to twenty different bands, or just to us, or whatever. We only found out we were on the advertisement when we saw the ad on YouTube, after it had been on TV! Apparently it comes right down to Steve Jobs deciding, on the day, that he wants it on his TV ad. But until we saw it on YouTube we thought we'd lost it."
  • De Martino explained to Rhapsody how this song was inspired by being dropped by their previous record label: "We were listening to quite a lot of electro-pop bands. Talking Heads. Tom Tom Club. All those kind of '80s pop songs were really quite big in our repertoire."

    "A lot of this is about being so let down by what happened with our last band. We were a new band that just formed (Dear Eskimo) and we had written about four to five songs and had done two or three gigs. We got signed very quickly by a label, Mercury. After they signed us, they sacked everyone. All these new people started arriving and we started to meet them and asked, 'Well, are we still signed? What's going on?' They'd say, 'Yeah, you're still signed. The people love your music. You're going to carry on with the band. We think you're cool.' So, we stayed with the label for what felt like an eternity at times, doing nothing. We weren't touring. We weren't doing any work, apart from sitting there and writing more songs. We had tons of songs. And eventually, the label started signing new bands and they just dropped us. It felt like we had been conned and we'd wasted all this time."

    "At that point, when we got dropped, the frustration kicked in. And the band inevitably fell apart because of that frustration. And that's the power of the industry. It can be a nasty place. It was really Katie that drove me to start writing properly again with her. We started the Ting Tings by just doing riffs at parties and before we knew it, we had some songs and we were touring and everyone was saying we were a great band. So, c'est la vie."
  • De Martino explained to the NME about the credit "Bloke With Drill" on We Started Nothing: "We'd been recording through the summer (in a primitive warehouse space in Manchester) and they were building next door. As a result most of the tracks have got pneumatic drills and trucks going through the vocals."

Comments: 4

  • Megan from Stevenson, AlI love this! It's crazy but amazing! Love the guitar in this!
  • Emily from Derby, United Kingdomthis song is so great and i really liked singing along
  • Maddie from New York, Nythis song is fun to sing along to
  • Krista from Austintown, OhI love this song, its soo catchy.
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