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The Darkness

England's the Darkness centered around irrepressible frontman Justin Hawkins (vocals/guitars/keyboards), who, along with his guitar-playing baby brother Dan, bassist Frankie Poullain, and drummer Ed Graham, single-handedly resurrected the rather unfashionable sounds and attitudes of late-'70s hard rock for an unsuspecting generation. Following the demise of an earlier, conspicuously synth pop-based outfit named Empire, the Hawkins brothers sowed the seeds of what would become the Darkness at an impromptu karaoke session on New Year's Eve 1999. Justin's rapturous rendition of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" showed them the way, and the suitably dramatic name of the Darkness was chosen shortly after the arrival of Poullain and Graham. With outrageous stage antics that included gaudy leotards stolen from Steven Tyler's wardrobe, leaps and splits borrowed from David Lee Roth, and an ear-piercing falsetto copped from Freddie Mercury himself, the multi-talented elder Hawkins led the quartet as the group spent the next two years slogging it out in London's pub circuit. Though they were immediately singled out as a joke by the notoriously vicious British press, the Darkness' high-energy sets, remarkably catchy material, and unapologetic worship of old-school rock & roll bombast gradually earned them a fanatical following based on simple word of mouth. The tide finally began to shift in their favor in August 2002, when they released their debut EP, I Believe in a Thing Called Love (through the independent label Must Destroy Music), won a major talent contest, and scored all-important opening slots with Deep Purple and Def Leppard. Their momentum carried through into the new year, starting with a knockout performance at Austin's SXSW music convention in January, continuing with the release of the "Keep Your Hands Off My Woman" single in February (which peaked at number 36 in the U.K. chart), and climaxing with their subsequent signing with a major-label, Atlantic Records, in March. Nothing could stop the Darkness' snowball effect, and a series of acclaimed festival appearances set the stage for their debut album, Permission to Land, to debut atop the British charts -- the first time a new act had achieved such a feat since Coldplay three years earlier. Aside from the 2003 Christmas single Christmas Time (Don't Let the Bells End), the Darkness concentrated on touring until 2005, when they returned to the studio with Cars and Foreigner producer Roy Thomas Baker. During the recording of their sophomore album, the band parted ways with Poullain and replaced him with former guitar tech Richie Edwards. One Way Ticket to Hell...And Back was released late in 2005 but didn't fare as well as its predecessor, which took a toll on Justin Hawkins. Following several months of touring, the frontman entered rehab in August 2006 for alcohol and cocaine abuse. Although he completed the program, Hawkins nevertheless left the Darkness' lineup later that year, leaving the group's fate in the hands of his former bandmates. The remaining musicians regrouped under the name Stone Gods the following year, while Justin busied himself with solo work, issuing a single under the moniker British Whale and a full-length album, 2008's Red Light Fever, with his new band Hot Leg. In 2011, the Darkness reunited with the original lineup featuring Hawkins and embarked on several European tours. In 2012, they delivered the full-length album Hot Cakes. In 2015, the band issued their fourth studio outing, Last of Our Kind, the first Darkness album to feature new drummer Emily Dolan Davies, who'd replaced founding member Ed Graham the year before. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia
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  1.   Song
  2.   I Believe in a Thing Called Love
  3.   Growing on Me
  4.   Christmas Time (Don't Let the Bells End)
  5.   Friday Night
  6.   Black Shuck
  7.   Givin' Up
  8.   Get Your Hands Off My Woman
  9.   One Way Ticket
  10.   The Horn
  11.   Dinner Lady Arms
  12.   Barbarian
  13.   Everybody Have A Good Time
  14.   Planning Permission
  15.   Love on the Rocks with No Ice
  16.   Open Fire
  17.   Livin' Each Day Blind
  18.   Hazel Eyes
  19.   Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time
  20.   Love Is Only a Feeling
  21.   Roaring Waters
  22.   Shake (Like a Lettuce Leaf)
  23.   Blind Man
  24.   Bareback
  25.   Pat Pong Ladies
  26.   Love Is Not the Answer
  27.   Street Spirit (Fade Out)
  28.   Concrete
  29.   Keep Me Hangin' On
  30.   Every Inch of You
  31.   Wanker
  32.   Grief Hammer
  33.   Curse of the Tollund Man
  34.   English Country Garden
  35.   Girlfriend
  36.   Bald
  37.   Is It Just Me?
  38.   Knockers
  39.   Physical Sex
  40.   Holding My Own
  41.   Stuck in a Rut
  42.   Makin' Out
  43.   Conquerors
  44.   Hammer & Tongs
  45.   Sarah O'Sarah
  46.   Wheels of the Machine
  47.   Last of Our Kind
  48.   She's Just a Girl, Eddie
  49.   Nothing's Gonna Stop Us
  50.   Cannonball
  51.   I Can't Believe It's Not Love
  52.   Forbidden Love
  53.   With a Woman
  54.   Out of My Hands
  55.   How Dare You Call This Love?
  56.   Mighty Wings
  57.   Mudslide
  58.   The Best of Me
  59.   I Love You 5 Times
  60.   History of the Darkness
  61.   Love Is a Lonely Feeling
  62.   Quadrophonia
  63.   Stop Now
  64.   Nothin's Gonna Stop Us
  65.   She Just a Girl, Eddie
  66.   Livin' Every Day Blind
  67.   English County Garden
  68.   The Best Of
  69.   Messenger
  70.   Always Had the Blues
  71.   Million Dollar Strong

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