Tomorrow they fly home, and, after two days of rehearsals and laundry, will begin a sold-out UK tour, their biggest yet and the fastest-selling ticket in the prime autumn touring season.
So much so that they've already announced a follow-up tour, in even bigger venues, for early 2009.
Photo sessions – of which there are many – became a nightmare of paranoia and strategic make-up. He's always had a problematic right eye – the eyelid is permanently heavy and swollen – and it gets worse if he's tired or drunk, or if the lights are too bright.
To date it has sold 650,000 copies and hasn't left the top 20.The Ting Tings were a plastic White Stripes with added novelty buzz. "That's Not My Name", "Great DJ", "Shut Up and Let Me Go": three whip-smart pop singles, elegant in their playground-friendly simplicity, brilliant on radio, perfect for the dancefloor.The Ting Tings were a triangulation of Blondie, Girls Aloud and Talking Heads. As spring turned to summer "That's Not My Name" knocked Madonna off the top of the singles chart.The band, he explains, were at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, hanging with the super-celebs.As they sat in the auditorium, their manager told them that gazillion-selling rapper Lil Wayne – a man with tattooed eyelids and diamond-studded teeth – was behind them."I had no idea who he was," recounts De Martino.