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Q&A: The Darkness On Vikings, Music Media, And Nickelback + “Hammer & Tongs” (Stereogum Premiere)

Remember the Darkness? They caused a brief sensation in the music press in 2003, when their debut album, Permission To Land, was released. In the UK, it went to #1 and spawned five hit singles, including a Christmas song. In the US, the band was seen as a joke, because … well, mostly because of… More »

By: Phil Freeman / May 14, 2015 - 10:13 am

The Darkness – “Open Fire”

When the Darkness became a thing I was in high school, trying desperately to impress a boy who really (ironically, probably) liked their hit song “I Believe In A Thing Called Love.” And while my crush eventually wore off, the over-the-top glam rock feel of that song grew on me until I honestly liked it… More »

By: Caitlin White / March 23, 2015 - 2:41 pm

The Darkness – “Barbarian” Video

Depending on how you view these things, the Darkness arrived either two decades too late or a decade-or-so too early. The band’s great first album, Permission To Land, came out in 2003: If it had come out in 1983, it would have been right at home alongside releases by bands like Judas Priest, the Scorpions,… More »

By: Michael Nelson / February 23, 2015 - 10:35 am

The Darkness – “The Horn”

Glam revivalists the Darkness blessed us all roughly a decade ago with “I Believe In A Thing Called Love,” before coming to an end in 2006. But in the last few years they’ve been building up momentum after a reformation. This new single “The Horn” shows they haven’t lost any of their goofy charm a… More »

By: Miles Bowe / December 2, 2013 - 11:43 am

The Darkness – “With A Woman” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

The Darkness’ third album Hot Cakes is every bit as good as the band’s first two so it’s nice to see them getting another push here, with a video for “With A Woman,” my favorite song on Hot Cakes. The video delivers exactly the type of referential ham-and-cheez that both attracted people to the band… More »

By: Michael Nelson / March 1, 2013 - 7:15 pm

2012 In Review: The Year In Comebacks

“Don’t call it a comeback” is usually a phrase uttered self-protectively by musicians who are very much coming back from some degree of obscurity. Dr. Dre wasn’t exactly absent during the seven-year stretch between his first and second albums (“California Love,” anybody?), but his 1999 sophomore release 2001 is littered with lines like “Ladies pay… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 31, 2012 - 11:55 am

The Darkness – “Street Spirit” (Radiohead Cover)

I kinda feel like the Darkness don’t do themselves any favors. They take every cliche in the Spinal Tap playbook, blow it up to Jumbotron proportions, and add assless chaps. I mean, just look at that album cover. But here’s the thing: They’re fantastic songwriters and musicians. I genuinely love and listen to both their… More »

By: Michael Nelson / August 9, 2012 - 1:15 pm

The Darkness – “Every Inch Of You” Lyric Video

British cock-rock revivalists have come up with a pretty good way to insure that people will actually watch their new lyric video for the song “Every Inch Of You”: For the whole first verse, they don’t actually flash any lyrics onscreen. Instead, they just let a stripper dance to their song. (It’s still more or… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 31, 2012 - 9:47 am

Watch The Darkness’s Super Bowl Commercial

Depending on how you look at it, Sunday’s Super Bowl telecast was dominated either by the Giants or by M.I.A.’s middle finger. But how about the commercials? Well, given how expensive all of dem tings are, it is probably not a great sign that there are so few worth discussing this morning. There did seem… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 6, 2012 - 10:35 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

This was not the week to release a halfassed music video. This was the week when a whole lot of people, from microbudget indie nobodies to massive stars, worked hard on giving us something. Even the terrible videos, like the absurd and garish Madonna football-themed car-wreck “Give Me All Your Luvin’” were the product of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 3, 2012 - 1:17 pm

The Darkness – “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us” Video

British rawk revivalists the Darkness, still best-known for believing in a thing called love, parted ways in 2006, but they’re back together and yowling as loud as ever. In the video for their new single “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us,” a young megafan shows off a Darkness shrine, and a series of ridiculous animations show the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 1, 2012 - 11:17 am

“I’m Lucky I Still Have A Septum.”

UK glam-rock outfit The Darkness will need a new lead singer, thanks to now-departed, lead-screamer Justin Hawkin’s slight affection for the nose candy. Justin started taking coke at the same time “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” started sweeping nostalgic-for-Def Leppard fans off of their feet in ’02, and the degree of his habit… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 11, 2006 - 8:23 am

Tuesday Rehab Report

Keane singer Tom Chaplin has entered rehab, forcing the band to cancel its North American tour. Fifteen-year-old Chaplin writes on keanemusic.com:”I’ve been having to deal with an increasing problem with drink and drugs, and the time has come to get the professional help I need to sort myself out. I feel desperately disappointed to be… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / August 22, 2006 - 10:07 am