Hands (The Ting Tings song)
|Single by The Ting Tings|
|from the album Sounds from Nowheresville|
|Released||11 October 2010|
|Format||Digital download, CD single|
|Genre||New wave, indietronica|
|Writer(s)||Katie White, Jules De Martino|
|The Ting Tings' singles chronology|
"Hands" is a song by English duo The Ting Tings. The song was written by both Katie White and Jules De Martino and mixed by label-mate Calvin Harris. The song has a fast-paced 1980s indie pop sound, similar to the duo's previous songs. The single was released to radio airplay on 18 August 2010 after premiering on the Huw Stephens show on BBC Radio 1 at 9:30 pm; a remix was also be released for free via digital download on 11 October 2010 on the band's Facebook page. The song was performed at the Wireless Festival, as part of the setlist; they were joined with dancers holding signs, saying work, which when flipped around, would say dance. The song debuted at 29 on the UK Singles Chart. The line spoken by Jules at the start of the song, "I don't want to go out. I want to stay in." is a reference to the same line spoken in the David Bowie song "Modern Love".
Speculation about the band's second album began in October 2009, when details were released to the public about the duo writing their next album in Paris, but then moving to an old German Jazz Club to record it. The reason being was that the band wanted a new place to test out what sounded good and what did not: "We did the first album by throwing house parties. We'd try them out on our drunk friends and if they danced we'd go ‘Great, let's carry on!’ We're gonna do the same in Berlin – that's why we've got the jazz club – so we can just stick a big plastic bag over the studio so it doesn't get beer on and experiment on some crazy Berliners."
In January 2010, two track titles from the album were revealed, "Help" & "Hands".
In July 2010, News of the duo's upcoming album & single had spread to various blog sites after their personal website put up a notice about how their website was due for refit to match their new single, there was also news on the album which was said to be nearly finished.
The following month, August 2010, The song was officially sent to British radio, and also available for streaming via The Ting Tings' Facebook page.
The official video premiered online on 5 September.
Sounds From Nowheresville, the duo's follow-up album, was released on 27 February 2012.
The music video for "Hands" first appeared online on 5 September 2010. The video was directed by Warren Fu. Both White & De Martino are in the video, with White playing the keyboard and singing the vocals whilst De Martino is on the drums. The video is intercut with a story about two people who work in a factory and are essentially 'working too hard' until the end where their master, who is a CGI robot, is speared by Katie's microphone. The song then ends with a final clip of both workers climbing out of the factory and looking ahead to a beach on a fantasy planet.
There's another music video for the full acoustic version of the song that can be seen on YouTube and their official Facebook.
|2.||"Hands" (Retro/Grade Remix)||8:12|
|1.||"Hands" (Michael Woods Remix)||7:54|
|2.||"Hands" (Passion Pit Remix)||3:24|
|3.||"Hands" (Michael Woods Dub Remix)||7:23|
|4.||"Hands" (Retro/Grade Dub Remix)||8:28|
|1.||"Hands" (Wideboys Radio Edit)||3:33|
"Hands" debuted at number 29 on the UK Singles Chart with sales of 9,873 copies, marking the duo's fifth Top 40 hit. The single also charted on the Scottish Singles and Albums Chart, where it debuted at number 25.
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||26|
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)||31|
|Scotland (Official Charts Company)||25|
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||70|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||29|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play||1|
- Official Website, Contains Facebook release details & Official Digital Download release details.
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- "Hot Dance Club Songs". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 20 November 2010. Retrieved 28 May 2014.