We Started Nothing

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We Started Nothing
The Ting Tings We Started Nothing album cover.png
Studio album by The Ting Tings
Released 16 May 2008 (2008-05-16)
Recorded 2007–08, Salford, Greater Manchester
Genre
Length 37:47
Label Columbia
Producer Jules De Martino
The Ting Tings chronology
We Started Nothing
(2008)
Sounds from Nowheresville
(2012)
Alternative cover
International cover
Singles from We Started Nothing
  1. "Fruit Machine"
    Released: 19 November 2007
  2. "Great DJ"
    Released: 24 March 2008
  3. "That's Not My Name"
    Released: 8 May 2008
  4. "Shut Up and Let Me Go"
    Released: 7 July 2008
  5. "Be the One"
    Released: 13 October 2008
  6. "We Walk"
    Released: 23 February 2009
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 64/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]
The A.V. Club B−[3]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention)[4]
Drowned in Sound 5/10[5]
Entertainment Weekly B+[6]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[7]
NME 6/10[8]
Pitchfork Media 3.8/10[9]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[10]
The Times 3/5 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 UK 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]

The first single released from the album was a double A-side single consisting of "That's Not My Name" and "Great DJ". It was released on 27 May 2007 on the independent label Switchflicker Records.

The album's second single, "Fruit Machine", was released as a limited 500-copy run, only available for their fans at the band's concerts. Four covers were made: one for Salford, one for Berlin, one for London and one for New York.

The third single released from the album was the re-release of "Great DJ" on 3 March 2008. The song did chart until the re-release of "That's Not My Name", reaching number thirty-three 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 their most successful in the UK, reaching the top spot in this country 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 twenty-second best-selling single of 2008, selling 300,000 copies. It was released in the US and reached number thirty-nine on the Billboard Hot 100.

The fifth single released from the album was "Shut Up and Let Me Go". Due to the popularity of "That's Not My Name" it entered the top seventy-five 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 also faring well in the US where it peaked at number fifty-five on the Billboard Hot 100.

"Be the One" was released on 13 October 2008 as the sixth single from the album. Despite the popularity of the last two singles, it only managed to peak at number twenty-eight in the UK.

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, peaking at number fifty-eight in the UK. It was the band's first single not to have a 7" vinyl release, instead coming out on CD and 12" vinyl only.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Jules De Martino and Katie White

No. Title Length
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

Personnel[edit]

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

  • Katie White – vocals, guitar, keyboards
  • Jules De Martino – vocals, drums, guitar, bass, keyboards, producer
  • Matt Irwin – band photography
  • Denis Kleiman – band photography
  • Dave Sardy – mixing

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

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