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The Darkness - Permission to Land PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ian Todd   
27 10 2004

Image"Get your hands off my woman, motherfucker!" is the sort of tone you would expect to be associated with NYC bad-boy rappers and Homies in the Hood who would rather pop a cap in your ass than show you directions to the nearest Tourist Information. But no... the high pitched screaming vocals belong to lead singer and guitar wielding front man of The Darkness, Justin Hawkins, and is the title of the bands' first single which reached the dizzy heights of 180 when it was first released earlier in the year - and no it didn't get Bully's special prize! But times have changed for the group, after endlessly touring the toilets and backwater villages of London, they've shot to fame and glory, supporting the likes of The Rolling Stones, and er, Robbie Williams?

Permission to Land' is a rarity in this day and age; it's a Marshall Amp stacking, Gibson Les Paul thrashing, Jack Daniel's by-the-bottling, spandex and leather toting homage to rock. If AC-DC, Whitesnake, ZZ Top and 2/3rds of Spinal Tap were involved in a radioactive atrocity in East Anglia the result would be The Darkness - and they go all the way to 11! This is ten tracks of Stadium Rock material. the singles of ‘Growing on Me', ‘I Believe in a Thing Called Love' and ‘Get Your Hands Off My Woman' are not the be all and end all of this album.

My personal air guitar, ass - shaking turn is the opening track that is ‘Black Shuck', whilst the hairbrush-holding, singing-in-the-mirror effort arrives courtesy of ‘GivinUp'. Ladies and Gentlemen, Britpop is buried. The New Rock Revolution is old. Throw away your acoustics, go buy some leather trousers, a headband, and let your hair grow wild and free like that scary kid in school. Spandex Rock is back, and it's about bloody time. Mine's a JD.


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