Has there ever been a more annoying band than The Darkness? I mean have you heard One Way Ticket to Hell… and Back? I’m not so sure that this one-way ticket that’s really a re-turn ticket joke is intentional. Yes, it’s probably funny by the standards of a Darkness fan, but I think it’s actually a mistake. I think Justin Hawkins really is very, very thick.
I shall be watching closely though, because it’s 18 months since I forecast their demise. The Darkness is last year’s university novelty band and will go the same as their immediate predecessors, Steps, who were so loved by ‘ironic’ students. Student populations change so rapidly – every three years – it’s not possible to hold on to them for long. No generation wants to be seen following the last.
Up to now, they’ve been quiet this year and so current popularity levels remain untested. I’m confident this album will fizzle, with the single entering the top ten (but not top five) on release and then falling out of the chart within two weeks. Subsequent singles will fare even worse and the album itself will disappoint record company executives big time.
Buy The Darkness: One Way Ticket to Hell and Back here if you must!