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Submitted by on July 29, 2011 – 1:40 pmOne Comment

There are two things I know about the Ting Tings, one is something I can prove, the other is something I was told was true by someone I love deeply and trust implicitly.

Like the way I know that the sub-atomic particle the Graviton is a messenger particle because I read it in a brilliant must read book by Brian Greene. I’m assuming that Brian knows what he is talking about, the book tells me he is a renowned particle physicist, my daughter told me to read the book because she knows that I’m interested in sub-atomic particle theory.

The notion that the Graviton is a messenger particle does make sense, otherwise how would particles know that they should be attracted to bodies more massive than themselves? I mean it’s not a democracy in sub-atomic particle world. The particles can’t one day decide not to be attracted to bodies more massive than themselves, everything being repelled for the day.

Sub-atomic particles bouncing off each other the way a metallic pin ball flies off the pins in a pin ball machine. You know when you hit the ball just right with your flipper and it goes shooting off up the table hitting every pin it can, speed increasing with every repel, score clocking up at an exponential rate, the ting every time you get points, creeping closer to an extra life.

Mates crowd around nudging you, too close. The excitement grows, more tings. Ting, ting, ting you hit the flipper a bit too hard, the machine nudges and the game is lost. Kick the bloody thing, cheating you of an extra life.

Did the idea of the ting ting sound come from the pin ball machine or from the cash register each time the operator deposited money? The cash register sound alerted the shop owner that money had been paid in.

Did the ting come from the cash register or the pin ball machine? I suspect it came from the cash register, only because the ting ting sound would have been connected to the idea of gaining something, money in this case and so each time some scratty urchin in a smelly Italian café in the east end or Openshaw scored a point the excitement was increased by the ting tinging of the pin ball machine.

The first thing I know for sure about the Ting Tings is that one of their tracks is my ring tone. The other thing about them is that they originated from Islington Mill. I don’t suppose that means that their far flung ancestors were trapped in Islington Mill and evolved into the life form known as the Ting Tings. I think, and I’m only guessing here, that they rehearsed in Islington Mill.

This connection that the Ting Tings have with Islington Mill meant that when the founder of the re-generated Mill had his birthday party, the Ting Tings came back to their roots and played for him and a very select group of about 200 people.

The sound was solid, reverberating through my skeleton and making my knee pound to the rhythm of the kick drum. A familiar rock compilation interspersed with pulsating melodies of the 90s dance ensembles drew me into a recognisable world of musical hooks.

If you like mainstream rock music you’ll love the Ting Tings live. Getting a sneak preview of their forthcoming album added to the kudos of the whole event. Being among the young creative energy of Manchester and Salford was invigorating. I love Islington Mill, the whole concept and vibrancy of the place. Like a giant inventive vibrator shaking you into life.

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