Music Mystery: What is her name?
In 2008, the Ting Tings released “That’s Not My Name” as a single in the U.S. Its strong drum beat, catchy guitar riff and sweet, staccato vocals with a slight British accent made it an instant hit that would go on to score 19 on the U.S. music charts according to achart.us.
And it left audiences with just one question – WHAT IS YOUR NAME? While the singer sings about all of the things that she is called that aren’t her name, she never actually reveals her name.
We know that her name is not hell, Stacey, her, Jane, girl or Mary Jo Lisa. We also know that she thinks she is a riot while everyone else thinks she is quiet, and that she is not athletically inclined. She admits that she holds backs, that her quietness doesn’t allow others to remember her and that she doesn’t want to be a loner.
The song is about someone who is socially awkward and doesn’t want to be. In the end, however, how can anyone ever know what her name is if she never says it?
This may or may not be about the lead singer, Katie White or cowriter Jules De Martino, and we may never know what her name is.