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The Ting Tings threw away an album's worth of material before completing their new release, they tell Andy Gill

The Ting Tings

The Ting Tings: 'We don't keep songs for a rainy day'

The Ting Tings threw away a whole album before their new release, they tell Andy Gill

The Ting Tings, Scala, King's Cross, London

The Ting Tings have been away from the limelight for a while, but that doesn't explain why their fans now resemble the middle-aged crowd at a Bon Jovi gig.

Album: The Ting Tings, Sounds from Nowheresville (Columbia)

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The Ting Tings, Brixton Academy, London

Of course Katie White finishes with "That's Not My Name", the 2008 number one single set to be the Ting Tings' signature song for the rest of their pop life. And the confirmation that this band have really hit a nerve doesn't come from the Ivor Novello Award their debut album, We Started Nothing, won days before this gig, or the iPod advertising campaign that has burrowed them into US hearts and minds. It comes in the melodic massed singing of the song's chorus by the intently staring women packed down the front. This is an adult version of the "Girl Power" White fell for when she bought her Spice Girls pencil case as a child.

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