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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

the Darkness - Keep Your Hands Off My bootlegs

Darkness001England's the Darkness centers 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 leopards 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.
Darkness003The 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 independent Must Destroy Music; won a major talent contest; and also 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 its second album, the band parted ways with Poullain, replacing him with new bassist Richie Edwards. One Way Ticket to Hell...and Back was released late in 2005
Darkness002In October 2006, Hawkins left The Darkness and confessed to his bandmates that he'd been consuming �?,000-worth of cocaine a week for the last three years. He was heading for rehab, As of December 2006, the band has not issued a statement regarding their future. It was reported by that bassist Richie Edwards (who replaced former band member Frankie Poullain) will take over the vocal position.

This recording is issued from a 2 CD boot called “ gimme a D, Gimme a Arkness”. I will post CD two later.


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