First Impressions: Do The 'Hand' Jive With The Ting Tings

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


Wait, what, huh? Where was I when The Tings Tings released their new single, "Hands"? It was released back in August? Fail on me. To play catch up, the Brit duo are still working on bringing their second album, Kunst to the masses. They have hinted that the album is "strange" and drop names like Nancy Sinatra, TLC and Depeche Mode into the pot of influences. Currently the only inkling of this "strange" entry is the official first single "Hands". The single is crackles with 80's flavor a la Pet Shop Boys meets Missing Persons' Spring Session M, thanks to the glossy Calvin Harris production. Plus it's got a wickedly catchy chorus ("clap your hands if you're working too hard" needs no memory flashcards). All that and more is wrapped up into a fine synth bow and it's a pretty damn near perfect pop track. It's not as momentous as the duo's 2008 hit, "Shut Up & Let Me Go", but it's soaring up on my best of 2010 list steadily.

So what about the recently released video? It's a wicked hodge-podge of 80's music video delicacies. I see a bit of Flock of Seagulls "I Ran", and then there is Depeche Mode's "People Are People" ...and the welders feel almost Flashdance inspired. Or maybe that is just me...It's high energy romping fun, and with the Ting Tings I wouldn't have it any other way. Click on the pic above to view the vid since the embedding monsters are on patrol.

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