I mean this is it. This is actually it!!!
I've never seen so many office doods in a jumping up and down competition.
the Darkness' second album is, in fact, fucking brilliant.
The media did the old "build 'em up and them knock 'em down" trick on them. They where hyped out of all proportion after their first album. Did they not end up headlining TiTP with one album?! Mental.
Pretty much every tune on their second album is a belter. "I just love what you've done with your hair, OH YEAH!!"
that the media never reallllly liked them, and only started saying nice things when they sold a million albums out of nowhere.
either way: terrible, terrible band.
the darkness were well awesome
DON'T LET THE BEEEELLLSSS EEEEEEND
but got shot down by people who beleive music needs to be absolutley serious all. the. goddamn. time. They are the enemy of fun mostly.
They were victims of their own egos. They never made great music. They hired a pathetic front-man who thought he could ironically be a sex symbol and it backfired on them. Not helped by him lying to the press about his age by five to ten years.
Absolutely no sympathy.
acidic words. I'm a sucker for OTT silliness which they did pretty well. The songs were also tight as hell songwriting-wise if you're into that kind of thing...
Probably the most talented band to emerge for years and years.
What does that even mean?
you either like The Darkness or you're not fun. THERE IS NO INBETWEEN.
I was cack-handedly referring to the NME who turned on them and started the backlash.
1.5m sold of Permission To Land, three Brits, all over the media... and then people just dropped them, stopped writing them up, took on no influence from them. That seems odd for a guitar band.
is a dead scene.
which really was as empty and unfunny as the haters said all of their stuff was.
It did take quite a chunk out of my love for them, and when they came back with Is It Just Me it sounded like Darkness-by-numbers, and I didn't bother getting the second album.
I listened to a ripped copy quite a lot later and realised that it was an overlooked belter, and I felt really bad about my fickleness.
People talked about the excess (and offstage, maybe that was true) but their albums were both 10 tracks, 30 minutes. Just pop, and happiness-inducing pop at that.
They were a bit terrible and you got the feeling they took their tongue-in-cheek classic schmaltz rock revival ethos more seriously than they should have (especially after the debut), but I Believe in a Thing Called Love is a bloody fun track. Especially now that it's not constantly played all the time everywhere.
I bloody love that song
Totally unambiguous now! It'll flop really badly but I'm still excited.
the photo on their website is not-quite-that-razorlight-pic-but-still-bad.
I thought they'd be bald
razorlight fo sho
still an absolute fucking tune
justin hawkins now looks like Rochefort out of The Three Musketeers