online listen
Mr. Rusty was waiting on this one
not a bad band
hearing Queen, Cheap Tric, AC/DC
squeaks onto the list
don't much care for the clip though
1.7 from me and a converted 2.4 from the pros at allmusic

from the album - Every Inch Of You

released August 21st, 2012

Bio - from allmusic

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 the Darkness 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
their "Keep Your Hands Off My Woman" single in February (peaking at number 36 in the U.K. chart), and climaxing in
their subsequent signing of a major-label contract with Atlantic Records in March.

Nothing could stop the Darkness' snowball effect now, 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. In 2011, the Darkness reunited with
the original lineup featuring Justin Hawkins and embarked on several European tours. In 2012, the reunited Darkness
delivered the full-length album Hot Cakes.

Album Review - from allmusic

It's hard to discuss the 2012 album from satiro-hard rock band the Darkness without taking into account how the disc
comes on the heels of much anticipation and hardship. The years after the Darkness released their last album in
2005, the sophomore effort One Way Ticket to Hell...and Back, were rough ones for the usually gleeful ensemble. They
had parted ways with bassist Frankie Poullain during the recording process -- a fact that didn't sit well with fans
-- and though the album sold well, its recording was delayed and purportedly costly. Further, while the band's 2003
breakthrough debut, Permission to Land, brought the group praise for its knowing mix of purposely over the top songs
that toyed with such rock themes as cheating, big boobs, and partying on spaceships, One Way Ticket to Hell...and
Back wasn't as well received critically. The overall impression was that the Darkness were on a steady decline from
the dizzying success of the previous two years. So, in some ways it was not surprising when, in 2006, lead singer
Justin Hawkins entered rehab for alcohol and cocaine abuse. It was a shock, however, when in August of that year
Hawkins announced he had left the band. His departure essentially spelled the end of the Darkness, as it was his
operatic yelp, magnetic stage persona, and exuberant sense of humor that defined the band. So it was with heated
anticipation that the public reacted to the news in 2011 that all four original members of the Darkness, including
lead singer Hawkins and bassist Poullain, had reunited and would record a new album. Perhaps nobody expected the
band to ever match the giddy, karate-kick high of Permission to Land, but the group's comeback album, Hot Cakes, is
definitely worthy of throwing more than a few devil horns the band's way. While the Darkness have always reveled in
the hedonistic clichés of heavy metal, at their core they are a pop band, capable of delivering some of the
catchiest, most expertly crafted radio-ready singles this side of ABBA. For every AC/DC blues-rock, crotch-thrusting
groove on Hot Cakes -- and there are a few -- there are just as many sparklingly slick, sugar-coated laser-beam
melodies that light up the happy place in your brain. The beauty of the Darkness' approach is that their pop side
and cock rock side pretty much come from the same inclination: get listeners moving. In that sense, this album will
continue to draw the band well-earned comparisons to Queen -- which speaks mainly to the band's songwriting and
musicianship. And while Hawkins does have Freddie Mercury's vocal range, his sweet lyricism often sounds tonally
more like a mix of Queen guitarist Brian May's voice and ELO's Jeff Lynne. Tracks like the propulsive "Nothin's
Gonna Stop Us" and the rousing "Everybody Have a Good Time" are deliciously catchy anthems that definitely bring to
mind the contemporary pop/rock of '80s-era Queen. Similarly, cuts like the epic Boston-sounding "Forbidden Love" and
the passionate "Love Is Not the Answer" are surprisingly earnest love songs that stick in your head as good as any
hair metal-era MTV single.

Track Listing

1. Every Inch Of You
2. Nothin's Gonna Stop Us
3. With A Woman
4. Keep Me Hangin' On
5. Living Each Day Blind
6. Everybody Have A Good Time
7. She Just A Girl, Eddie
8. Forbidden Love
9. Concrete
10. Street Spirit (Fade Out)
11. Love Is Not The Answer
12. I Can't Believe It's Not Love (Acoustic Demo)
13. Love Is Not The Answer (Acoustic Demo)
14. Pat Pong Ladies (Demo Mix)
15. Cannonball (Long Version)