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Released1 October 1990 (1990-10-01)
Label rooArt
Producer Nick Mainsbridge
Ratcat chronology
This Nightmare
Blind Love

Tingles is an extended play (EP) by Australian indie pop band Ratcat, released on 1 October 1990. It went on to peak at No.1 in Australia and finished 1991 as the second best-selling single of the year, behind "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" by Bryan Adams. [1] It was also the highest-selling single in Australia by an Australian artist in 1991. The EP was promoted by the song "That Ain't Bad", which charted on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart, peaking at number 27 in November 1991.



Tingles was given 4.5 out of 5 in a review by All Music. [2]

Steve Gardner from NKVD Records said "I'm really surprised they could chart with a guitar sound this gnarly; the songs are obvious radio pop stuff, but songs made for radio don't have guitars mixed as loud as the vocals and they certainly don't have the distortion set to 10." adding "All of the first side is excellent, and "Skin" from the second side is equally good. "Away from This World" sounds cool on first listen as the music is married with the soundtrack from the Challenger space shuttle explosion, but it doesn't hold up to repeated play and "My Bloody Valentine" is a throwaway experiment that fizzled out. Still, a pleasant surprise and show of potential for good things still to come." [3]

In The Sell-In , Craig Mathieson said, "Day had written "That Aint Bad" in a simple attempt to mix noisy guitars and the words 'I love you' together in a song. He though it was funny, coming from the thrash-punk scene. The result was undeniably catchy." [4] Junkee described "That Aint Bad" as, "buzzy and ever-so-slightly painful: It’s an ode buried amongst an entire broken speaker’s worth of feedback that eventually descends into a series of scream-sung promises. Blast it outside the house of your beloved through a cassette player held aloft over your head." [5]

Track listing

1."That Ain't Bad"Simon Day4:04
3."Don't Go in the Water"Day, Amr Zaid, Andrew Polin3:47
4."Getting Away (From This World)"Day5:19
6."My Bloody Valentine"Day3:22



RegionCertification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA) [1] Platinum70,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Release history

Australia1 October 1990 CD rooArt [8]
United Kingdom15 July 1991 Mini-album [9]

See also

List of number-one singles in Australia during the 1990s

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