Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Ting Ting Club

A high school with a library larger than most city libraries. A land where people actually dance to the music of E.G. Daily instead of laughing at it. A time when goths were nice, punks cared and preppies ruled. Where is this place?

A little new old style New Wave to celebrate Wednesday.

With TV commercials being the new radio, The Ting Tings recently had a choice spot when their song "Shut Up and Let Me Go" was featured in an Apple Ipod commercial. The flashy commercials and early 80's New Wave beat caught my attention so I downloaded the song from Amazon. Hearing the whole song was even better, the Naked Eyes style groove (reminds me a bit of Promises Promises) and bratty girl vocal added more to the hook to make three minutes of Pop pleasure.

You just don't hear innocent New Wave any more, even by 1987 you didn't hear it, so to hear the British duo of Jules De Martino and Katie White take me back to the days of when there were No More Words in Berlin and Missing Persons were Destination Unknown is a treat. If I could go back in time, I guess I would be a New Wave dandy for one day. I'd wear a shoulder padded blazer and pout in slow motion just like that dude in Simple Minds when he sang Don't You Forget About Me . Actually, I take that back - I wouldn't do that because it wasn't my style and seemed really trendy at the time. Besides, if it's one thing I've learned its that each one of us is a brain, an athlete, a basketcase, a princess and a criminal. No, you can't go back. But you can listen to new music that similates going back and that's "Shut Up and Let Me Go". A New Song that Rules!

The Ting Tings "Shut Up and Let Me Go"

4 comments:

frontrow said...

Hey! Ting Tings, great song. I bought it because the ipod commercial too. Wouldn't it be great if the brains, athletes, mean girls, basket cases and stoners actually did all get along? High school would be like the U.N.

Mr. Mike said...

Hi frontrow! That would be great if all those people got along. It seems like things went the other direction in the years after the movie in that now you can watch teenagers street fight on You Tube all day long. Still, I wonder if teens relate to John Hughes movies like they did in the 80's, when people thought "Wow, this guy gets us."

Some Kinda Wonderful said...

And I thought we'd all just get along by now. How silly, eh? We're more connected than ever and also farther apart.

Mr. Mike said...

Hi some kinda wonderful! True and well put. The Breakfast Club should be required viewing in High School. Maybe it would make people nicer for an hour or two. Or at least justify to a new generation Judd Nelson's career.

Which reminds me, I did have to watch a Molly Ringwald movie during High School class, I don't know the name of it but it was one where she and her boyfriend committed suicide by sitting in a car in the garage. No point to noting that, it just came to me.