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Do you? It's brilliant.
it's no How To Make Friends And Influence People by Terrorvision.
it is a really solid album, every tune is top notch. i agree with the quote on one of the stickers which says that "the tracklisting reads like a greatest hits". Even the two ballads are brilliant.
i remember hearing stuff off their second album and immediately thinking it was shite. was that correct ?
one of my favourite quotes ever is from Justin Hawkins:
"imagine how shit the world would be if people like me didn't wear costumes like this"
sean lauged at me when i bought a copy in amoeba music
"it's the coolest second hand store in the world and you've bought that"
i muttered something like fuck off and ran to the till with the coolest cd in the world
along with fatman scoop and sean paul
He's gotta be at least a cruiserweight.
Powerage by ac/dc is better
I'd have rocked out with your flatmates to Permission To Land, danced to Fatman Scoop and then gone for a piss while Sean Paul was on.
i'm not saying the darkness are the same as those two but that is the reality of the parties and nights out we had as freshers
there hasn't been a British rock band who's made such an impact for quite a while and probably won't be for a while yet
and their Xmas song is the best
Not sure if it's a classic. 'Black Shuck' is a belting opener though.
'Love is Only a Feeling' gets me every time as well. Absolutely adore the acoustic outro.
Also, I fully agree with the above comment re: 'Don't Let The Bells End'. First band to write an actual, classically proper Xmas tune in aaages.
So, yeah, the Darkenss were actually alright, yeah.
But few things make me more disillusioned with music fans than if they hate the Darkness.
People can't distinguish a band who have a sense of the ridiculousness of what they do from a "joke band".
How can you not love falsetto vocals? And power ballads? And daft, witty lyrics? And huge power chords?
I don't love any of this stuff in an ironic way, I just love it!
We don't appreciate what we've got. Sad.
Everyone who loved this needs to get the second album, it's an overlooked gem.
Dinner Lady Arms and Knockers are stupendous.
care to show your working for extra credit?
i dont think i could even bring myself to say i like it whilst being conceited into deluded irony.
do you want a fucking medal?
the rest can do one
It's certainly got some fucking ace guitar solos.
both of them were pretty good guitarists.
All the indie snobs can cock off with good Xmas cheer!
Hot Leg, his new project, are also good.
it's fucking shit.
whichever way you slice it.
and come back and change your opinion.
VH's best album? Praps. Praps not. I loves the Hagar.
was also a classic. Underated to buggary.
I went out yesterday and picked up 'The Platinum Collection' - basically both their albums spliced together with the Christmas single tacked on at the end. It's immense - tune after tune after tune. And who else could get away with a lyric like "She said have you got a match? And I said yes - My cock and Farmer Giles prizewinning marrow"?!
was raised in the might Lowestoft, where these guys are from, i feel as though i HAVE to like them. Remember seeing them at UEA just before the album came out. was a good gig!
people all too easily dismiss The Darkness. It's unfair - Permission to Land is quite easily the best UK Rock album released in the last decade, perhaps even two decades. Let's face it, when Permission to Land came out, we didn't have any bands doing this sort of thing on this side of the pond, and certainly not doing it better than the old Gods (Kiss, AC/DC) could churn it out these days.
Everything's in its right place. The posturing, the spandex catsuits, the perms (let's not forget the requisite bassist facial hair), the fact they were all ugly blokes and it didn't matter, the massive, indelible guitar riffs and songs that managed to be poignant and funny as fuck and so catchy I will be singing them into my dotage.
There is not a single duffer on Permission to Land. Taken out of context, Black Shuck alone would be a fine opener to any classic rock album of the last 30 or 40 years. It's that good.
Is Permission to Land definable as 'classic' now? Maybe not right now, while we're still unkind and cynical. But give it another 10 years to truly get under the skin (or just grow on it).
I wouldn't consider it a classic, although I'm not even going to try and pretend I didn't enjoy it in my youth.