The Ting Tings’ second album “dips into ska, Eighties electro and power ballads.” Frontwoman Katie White offered up a playlist of songs that influenced her and bandmate Jules de Martino while they recorded the new set.
“Buffalo Gals”: Malcolm McLaren
Again, an old record that sounds so fresh now. We listened a lot to this while writing our first and second album. His boombox artwork for the album cover is stuck on the studio wall.
“Wordy Rappinghood”: Tom Tom Club
We have total respect for this band. Huge Talking Heads fans, huge Tom Tom Club fans. Funky. Tina [Weymouth] was one of the first I heard do the sing-song, talky-rappy thing! Met them while in Japan. Complete space cadets in the nicest possible way!
Watched this girl in Berlin while recording our album. Amazing voice and amazing use of loop pedals.
“Rid of Me”: PJ Harvey
So, so raw. We got obsessed with watching her perform this song live on YouTube [videos]. Just her and her guitar. Oh, and an amp.
My favorite Nineties girl band and a definite influence to a song of ours called “Day to Day.”
“Tusk”: Fleetwood Mac
Again, another song obsession for sitting in the studio at two in the morning. Love the whispering at the start.
“Enjoy the Silence”: Depeche Mode
Now reminds me of Berlin. The Germans love Depeche Mode! Beautiful minimalist dance.
“I Can Never Go Home Anymore”: The Shangri-Las
Sad and beautiful. We listened to this while recording “Guggenheim” up a mountain in Ibiza.
“Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)”: Nancy Sinatra
Again a YouTube obsession – kept watching old Sixties television shows on YouTube. Watch her sing “Bang Bang” with shiny eyes.
“Once in a Lifetime”: Talking Heads
Got to be one of both mine and Jules’ favourite songs. So clever. The tom in it and David Byrne’s delivery is so creative.
“Roxanne’s Revenge”: Roxanne Shante
I love the awkward girl rappy thing! Also, Debbie Harry does it brilliantly in “Rapture.” Almost so off, it’s excellent!