We Started Nothing

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We Started Nothing
The Ting Tings We Started Nothing album cover.png
Studio album by
Released16 May 2008 (2008-05-16)
Recorded2007–2008 in Salford, Greater Manchester
Genre
Length37:47
LabelColumbia
ProducerJules De Martino
The Ting Tings chronology
We Started Nothing
(2008)
Sounds from Nowheresville
(2012)
Alternative cover
International cover
International cover
Singles from We Started Nothing
  1. "Fruit Machine"
    Released: 19 November 2007
  2. "Great DJ"
    Released: 3 March 2008
  3. "That's Not My Name"
    Released: 12 May 2008
  4. "Shut Up and Let Me Go"
    Released: 21 July 2008
  5. "Be the One"
    Released: 13 October 2008
  6. "We Walk"
    Released: 23 February 2009
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic64/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
The A.V. ClubB−[3]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[4]
The Guardian3/5 stars[5]
Mojo4/5 stars[6]
NME6/10[7]
Pitchfork3.8/10[8]
Q3/5 stars[9]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[10]
The Times3/5 stars[11]

We Started Nothing is the debut studio album by English indie pop duo The Ting Tings. It was released on 16 May 2008 by Columbia Records. The US edition has a different cover image in several background colours. The album was also released in the United Kingdom on red vinyl limited to 2,000 copies. The US vinyl version is a standard black vinyl pressing. As of November 2014, We Started Nothing had sold 639,876 copies in the United Kingdom.[12]

Background[edit]

According to vocalist and guitarist of The Ting Tings, Katie White:

The way we write changes with each song. "Keep Your Head" started with Jules [De Martino] on the drums, "We Walk" started with me on piano, "Shut Up and Let Me Go" started with Jules on bass, "That's Not My Name" was me ranting about my frustrations with the record industry. "Great DJ" was me playing a D chord on the guitar for hours, because that's all I could play. And then I put my finger on the wrong string, and got what I discovered was an augmented chord. And that was the riff! The lyrics described the life we were living at the time. It was about getting lost in hedonism, about forgetting that you had bailiffs knocking at your door and just surrendering to the joys of the music in a nightclub for several hours—the boys, the girls, the strings, the drums.[13]

Singles[edit]

A double A-side single consisting of "That's Not My Name" and "Great DJ" was released as the first single from the album on 27 May 2007 through the independent label Switchflicker Records. The album's second single, "Fruit Machine", was released as a limited 500-copy run, only available for the fans at the duo's concerts. Four covers were made: one for Salford, one for Berlin, one for London and one for New York. The third single, a reissue of "Great DJ", was released on 3 March 2008. The song did chart until the re-release of "That's Not My Name", reaching number 33 on the UK Singles Chart.

The fourth single released from the album was the re-release of "That's Not My Name". It is so far the duo's most successful on the UK Singles Chart, reaching the top spot for one week. The single's popularity caused "Great DJ" to finally chart (two months after its release), and also caused "Shut Up and Let Me Go" to chart early (two months before its release). The song became the UK's 22nd best-selling single of 2008, selling 300,000 copies. In the United States, "That's Not My Name" reached number 33 on the Billboard Hot 100.

"Shut Up and Let Me Go" served as the fifth single from the album. Due to the popularity of "That's Not My Name", it entered the top 75 two months before its release, based on downloads. The song was officially released on 21 July 2008. It is the duo's second highest-peaking single in the UK, charting at number six, while reaching number 55 on the Billboard Hot 100.

"Be the One" was released on 13 October 2008 as the sixth single from the album, peaking at number 28 on the UK chart. The re-release of "Fruit Machine" was originally planned to be released on 9 February 2009 as the album's seventh single, but was cancelled a week before the release. "We Walk" was ultimately released as the seventh and final single on 23 February 2009, reaching number 58 in the UK. It was the band's first single not to have a 7-inch vinyl release, instead coming out on CD and 12-inch vinyl only.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Jules De Martino and Katie White.

No.TitleLength
1."Great DJ"3:23
2."That's Not My Name"5:11
3."Fruit Machine"2:54
4."Traffic Light"2:59
5."Shut Up and Let Me Go"2:52
6."Keep Your Head"3:23
7."Be the One"2:58
8."We Walk"4:04
9."Impacilla Carpisung"3:41
10."We Started Nothing"6:22
Japanese edition bonus tracks[14]
No.TitleLength
11."Great DJ" (acoustic version)3:33
12."Shut Up and Let Me Go" (acoustic version)2:46
13."Great DJ" (7th Heaven Radio Remix)3:31
14."That's Not My Name" (Soul Seekerz Radio Mix)3:23
15."That's Not My Name" (Taku Takahashi Mix)5:14
Deluxe edition bonus DVD
No.TitleLength
1."Great DJ" (music video)3:21
2."That's Not My Name" (music video)3:44
3."Shut Up and Let Me Go" (music video)2:55
4."Be the One" (music video)2:53
5."Making of Shut Up and Let Me Go"4:07
6."Making of Be the One"4:30
7."Salford/Berlin/London/New York Documentary"3:01
8."Be the One" (acoustic version; audio)3:14
9."Shut Up and Let Me Go" (acoustic version; audio)2:46
10."Great DJ" (acoustic version; audio)3:34
11."That's Not My Name" (acoustic version; audio)4:26

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of We Started Nothing.[15]

  • Jules De Martino – production
  • Dave Sardy – mixing
  • Greg Gordon – mix engineering
  • Matt Irwin – band photography
  • Denis Kleiman – band photography

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[41] Gold 35,000^
France (SNEP)[42] Silver 35,000*
Ireland (IRMA)[43] Platinum 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[44] 2× Platinum 639,876[12]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Edition Label Ref.
Ireland 16 May 2008 Standard Columbia [45]
United Kingdom 19 May 2008 [46]
Australia 23 May 2008 Sony [47]
Germany 30 May 2008 [48]
United States 3 June 2008
[49]
France 16 June 2008 Sony [50]
United Kingdom 24 November 2008 Deluxe Columbia [51]
Japan 21 January 2009
  • Standard
  • deluxe
Sony [52][53]
France 8 June 2009 Deluxe [54]

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