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1[[quoteright:200:]]²[[caption-width-right:200:The Darkness circa 2012. From left to right: Dan Hawkins, Justin Hawkins, Ed Graham and Frankie Poullain]]²->''The first flush of youth was upon you when our eyes first met,\²And I knew that to you and into your life I had to get.\²I felt light-headed at the touch of this stranger's hand...\²An assault my defences systematically failed to withstand.''²-->"Love Is Only A Feeling"²²The Darkness are a British glam rock band formed in 2000 in Lowestoft, [[UsefulNotes/EastAnglia Suffolk]]. The band consists of [[CampStraight Justin Hawkins]] (lead vocals, guitar), his brother Dan Hawkins (backing vocals, guitar), [[FunnyAfro Frankie Poullain]] (bass, backing vocals) and Rufus Tiger Taylor (drums). Former members include drummers Ed Graham and Emily Dolan Davies, and bassist Richie Edwards.²²Before The Darkness, Justin and Dan were in a band named Empire. In this case, Dan was the lead singer and Justin was on guitar. Justin managed to become lead singer after doing an amazing version of [[Music/{{Queen}} Bohemian Rhapsody]] at a karaoke party, which reportedly involved many starjumps. It's around this time they left Empire behind and began focusing on a new project: The Darkness.²²They called in Ed Graham to play Drums, and they met Frankie Poullain in London. They began doing the pub circuit to moderate success; their shows were so good they had a place in a music festival lineup before they had their first album. The British press went nuts, considering The Darkness as [[ItWillNeverCatchOn no more than a mediocre joke who would burn out in a few weeks.]]²²And then they released ''Permission to Land''. [[WhosLaughingNow It was a smash hit.]]²²After the second album, ''One Way Ticket... To Hell And Back'', Justin checked himself into rehab for his [[SexDrugsAndRockNRoll cocaine habit]]. Despite the band announcing a third album by the end of 2007, Justin got out of rehab and chose to leave the group, effectively breaking up The Darkness. They reunited in 2011 over an Indian dinner, and since then have performed and released new music like clockwork.²²Not to be confused with the comic ''ComicBook/TheDarkness'', nor [[VideoGame/TheDarkness its video game adaptation]].²²!!Studio Discography²* ''Permission to Land'' (2003)²* ''One Way Ticket to Hell...And Back'' (2005)²* ''Hot Cakes'' (2012)²* ''Last of Our Kind'' (2015)²* ''Pinewood Smile'' (2017)²* ''Easter is Cancelled'' (2019)²----²!![[AC: Trope is only a feeling :]]²* AbsoluteCleavage: A male variation. Justin wears tights which cover his legs and arms but leave his chest bare.²* ADateWithRosiePalms: [[{{Pun}} "Holding My Own"]].²* AudienceParticipationSong: ''All of them.''²* AwesomeMcCoolname: Current drummer Rufus Tiger Taylor.²* BadassMustache: Justin's waxed mustache is a sight to behold.²* TheBandMinusTheFace: The "One Way Ticket" line up (with a new bassist, since Richie Edwards moved up to playing rhythm guitar and lead vocals) formed Stone Gods after Justin Hawkins left the band. Also inverted, since Justin formed Hot Legs during the break up. Both released one album each, ''Silver Spoons & Broken Bones'' and ''Red Light Fever'' respectively, before the reunion.²* {{British Rockstar}}s²* TheCameo: Music/ArthurBrown appears as the priest in the video for "Is It Just Me".²* {{Camp}}: The band feeds on camp. Bright glammy outfits, stratospheric falsettos, and a refusal to take themselves too seriously.²* CoverVersion: Used to do various covers during live shows, ranging from Music/{{ACDC}} to Music/{{Queen}} to Music/{{Radiohead}}. They included a cover of "[[Music/{{Radiohead}} Street Spirit (Fade Out)]]" on ''Hot Cakes''.²* ChristmasSongs: "Christmas Time (Don't Let The Bells End)", "I am Santa".²* CreditsGag: In the video for "Everybody Have A Good Time".²* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Last of Our Kind'' is musically heavier than their first three albums, and it has darker themes including the RealLife Viking pillage of East Anglia, slavery, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking mudslides]].²* DoubleEntendre: ²** Subverted by "Growing On Me": all signs point to it being about some sort of STD, but The Darkness has said that was not the focus of the song at all.²** "Holding My Own" is a song about masturbation.²** Subverted by "Mudslide", which could confuse some to be [[DoubleEntendre about a certain act]], but it is about ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in the intro.²--> ''This ain't no double entendre''²* DrugsAreBad: "One Way Ticket" describes falling into drug addiction.²-->''The first line hit me like a kick in the face''\²''I thought "I'd better have another one just in case"''\²''Next thing I knew, my heart was under attack''\²''I bought a one way ticket to hell...and back''²* FakeOutFadeOut: "Hazel Eyes" does this.²* GenreThrowback: To the HardRock and HairMetal of the 70s and 80s.²* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: A giant squid attacks The Darkness' spaceship in the video for "I Believe In A Thing Called Love".²* GlamRock²* HairMetal: A throwback to the genre.²* HardRock²* HeavyMeta: The title song from ''Last of Our Kind'', while on the surface appears to be literally about the last humans in a post-apocalyptic scenario, is about how the band and their fans are the last followers of classic rock.²* HeavyMithril: Many of the songs on ''Last of Our Kind'' invoke Middle Ages imagery, with Justin describing the album as "medieval rock".²* HornyVikings: "Barbarian" describes the Viking invasion of East Anglia.²* InTheStyleOf: "Street Spirit (Fade Out)", a ProgressiveRock song from Music/{{Radiohead}} made HeavyMetal by the guys.²* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: Justin once had a wardrobe rivaling Steven Perry's, and Frankie always seems to dress like Music/JimiHendrix to match his afro.²* IncrediblyLongNote: The last notes of "Black Shuck" and "Love On The Rocks With No Ice" are ''incredible.''²* LargeHam: Justin, the excitable singer with the untethered falsetto.²* LastOfHisKind: The title track from ''Last of Our Kind'', referring to the band and their fans as the last remaining followers of Classic Rock.²* LighterAndSofter:²** Zig-zagged with ''One Way Ticket to Hell...And Back''. The album has softer, grander compositions and focuses more on love songs than ''Permission to Land''. However it leads off with the title track, one of the few songs by the band to describe [[DrugsAreBad the hell of drug addiction]].²** ''Pinewood Smile'' dials the sonic heaviness back from ''Last of Our Kind'' and dips into Soul on "Why Don't the Beautiful Cry".²* LoudnessWar: Regrettably usual offenders, as all of their albums are [=DR5/DR6=], at least on their CD releases. ''One Way Ticket'' has the most audible digital distortion caused by compression, while ''Hot Cakes'' was recorded and edited entirely on tape and thus manages to sound the least over-compressed.²* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Their rock-oriented songs tend to be in the 5-6 range, with some songs reaching a 7: "Get Your Hands Off My Woman", "Street Spirit (Fade Out)", "Barbarian" and "Roaring Waters". They scratch an 8 with the thrashy "Mighty Wings", while their power ballads generally drop to the 3-4 range.²* {{Pastiche}}: "Open Fire" is this to Music/TheCult. The band noticed the lead riff sounded like it could be by early Cult, and them being fans decided to run with it.²* PowerBallad:²** "Love Is Only A Feeling" and "Holding My Own" from ''Permission To Land''.²** "Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time" from ''One Way Ticket To Hell''.²** "Living Each Day Blind" and "Forbidden Love" from ''Hot Cakes''.²** "Wheels of the Machine", "Conquerors" and "Sarah O'Sarah" from ''Last of Our Kind''.²* {{Pun}}: These guys ''love'' puns.²** "Love On The Rocks With No Ice" is both a drinking pun and relationship pun at the same time.²** There's a clever joke at the start of the "Everybody Have A Good Time" video.²* {{Reconstruction}}: Of 70s and 80s Hard Rock. A lot of people couldn't tell if they were joking or not and assumed they were an AffectionateParody, but their love and dedication to old-school rock is genuine.²* RuleOfCool²* SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll: Justin had to leave due to the copious amounts of drugs and alcohol he was consuming. At one point, he'd do a show before disappearing for days at a time, barely sleeping if at all. He cleaned up his addictions after the breakup, but as of the reunion there's still plenty of the sex and the Rock.²* ShoutOut:²** In the video of "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us" a portrait of Music/{{Queen}} can be seen.²** Justin sings in "Every Inch of You" that hearing "[[Music/LedZeppelin1969 Communication Breakdown]]" was the point where he wanted to go into music rather than become a doctor or vet.²* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Bassist Frankie Poullain sings lead on "Conquerors".²* TakeThat: "Southern Trains" is one to the UK train system.²* TentacleRope: The "I Believe in a Thing Called Love" video takes place aboard a space station attacked by a space squid.²----


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