The Darkness

The Darkness Biography

Yes, the lads from The Darkness have a wicked sense of humor, but don't assume that means they don't take themselves, or their influences, very seriously. Whether they're trading virtuoso guitar licks like a latter-day Thin Lizzy or or hitting Queen-like falsettos on an anthemic power ballad, brothers Justin and Dan Hawkins (and their rhythm section, Ed Graham and newcomer Richie Edwards) honor rock's grand tradition of churning out bawdy, magisterial music that sounds awesome over a very large arena PA system.

The band put their shaggy heads together for us and came up with a list of their ten favorite albums, along with commentary that, we suspect, is meant to be taken only slight less seriously than their music:

   The Eagles
Hotel California (1976)
"Really relate to this album as we have been to California and stayed in hotels. Because of their mighty wingspan."
   Michael Jackson
Thriller (1983)
"Because you can't beat it. All thriller, no filler. As a child it really touched me."
   Fleetwood Mac
Rumors (1977)
"I've heard it's good. Many of the tracks on the 'Best Of' seem to be culled from it."
Metallica (The Black Album) (1991)
"It's good. It's slimming. Goes with anything, I suppose."
   Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
"Nearly as good as Huey Lewis & The News' Fore!"
   Kate Bush
The Kick Inside (1978)
"It's great. Bush at her best. The reason it's good... can't put your finger on it. The arrangements are great. Powerful and moving like... a tugboat."
   Dire Straits
Brothers in Arms (1985)
"One of the few albums where you're singing along with the guitar, not the vocalist, but you don't feel guilty because they're the same person. They didn't make all that money for... It's like a ventriloquist. He's got two voices. It's like man and machine in perfect harmony."
Jazz (1978)
"Because it's brilliant. It's the album we were brought up on and as they put it, 'leaving home ain't easy.'"
   Thin Lizzy
Live and Dangerous (1978)
"Like a Thin Lizzy 'Best Of,' but it's live."
Pump (1989)
"The drum sound alone is enough to put that in the top ten; see 'Love In An Elevator.' Because even after you've turned it over, 'The Other Side' is the first thing you hear."

The Darkness' new album One Way Ticket to Hell... and Back is available now in the ARTISTdirect Store, as are all of the band's picks. Click any of the album covers for more information.

The Darkness Bio from Discogs

Popular rock band formed in Lowestoft, Suffolk, England formed in 2000.

On 11 October 2006 former lead-singer Justin Hawkins announced he left the band.

On 15 March 2011 after a 5-year hiatus The Darkness have reformed.

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