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The Darkness were an English hard rock band that formed in Lowestoft, Suffolk in 2000. Originally comprising lead vocalist, guitarist and pianist Justin Hawkins, his guitarist and backing vocalist brother Dan Hawkins, bassist Frankie Poullain and drummer Ed Graham, the band released the UK number-one album Permission to Land in July 2003 before Poullain was replaced by Richie Edwards and the band released One Way Ticket to Hell… and Back in November 2005, which reached number 11 in the chart.

History

The Darkness were directed by manager Sue Whitehouse who managed them since Justin Hawkins’ origins as a creator of music jingles and their original band days as Empire. The Darkness were renowned for their live show, and such was the popularity of the band, they had a Carling Homecoming gig booked for the London Astoria before they had even signed a record deal.

The band already had music industry interest from their days as Empire through connections with Sue Whitehouse who was based at Savage & Best in Camden. Joe Taylor and Paul Scaife at The Tip Sheet first heard about the band through a post on The Tip Sheet message board, and featured Love Is Only A Feeling in January 2002. They started Record of the Day, and featured the song again around the time of SXSW in March 2003. They wanted to feature Friday Night too but they were told the band was saving it for an album.

According to A&R Nick Raphael in an interview with HitQuarters, there was no initial clamour to sign the band, “There couldn’t have been less of a buzz, and only two record labels showed any interest in them.” He believes the reason for lack of interest was that “The business as a whole thought they were uncool. In fact, people were saying that they were a joke and that they weren’t real.” As part of Sony Music UK, Raphael had attempted to sign them but the band instead opted to go with Atlantic Records.

Discography

2003 Permission To Land http://www.bopping-elf.co.uk/darkness-permission-to-land/

2005 One Way Ticket to Hell… and Back http://www.bopping-elf.co.uk/darkness-one-way-ticket-to-hell-and-back/

2012 Hot Cakes – http://bopping-elf.co.uk/darkness/darkness-hot-cakes/

2015 Last of our Kind – http://bopping-elf.co.uk/darkness/darkness-last-of-our-kind/

Compilation Albums

The Platinum Collection – Coming soon 07/01/2016

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