A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this band is the latest to be thrown into the spotlight by having their single "Shut Up and Let Me Go" chosen for an iPod commercial. There's nothing to worry about as far as the lyrics and content.
What's the story?
British indie duo Katie White (vocals, bass drum, guitar) and Jules De Martino (drums, vocals) make up The Ting Tings, whose debut album WE STARTED NOTHING is a DIY blend of electro-dance-pop with heavy drum beats; fresh, spunky vocals; and lots of musical effects that create a very distinct sound.
Is it any good?
Think Talking Heads and Portishead, with a little Debbie Harry and Gwen Stefani mixed in. Yeah, crazy. Now you might have some idea of the sound of this unique duo import from Manchester, England. The Ting Tings' sound has put the '80s pop influence into indie -- no pretension or elusive lyrics, just a great experimentation in music, with lots of loops, pedals, and percussion. Their sound is infectious and lasting, with tracks like "Great DJ," "That's Not My Name," "Keep Your Head," and "Shut Up and Let Me Go" (the iPod ad) that are great in a dance club, or blasting on your MP3 player while you sing along.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the imminent success that follows when an artist's song is chosen for a commercial, movie, or a TV show. Does music affect whether or not you buy a product or see a movie? Also, do you think the new digital age of music is changing the music we choose to listen to?