Darkness at the edge of pants
Frontman Justin Hawkins shines a light on the reformed Darkness for Lauren Murphy
Well, we looked at that one, we looked at Creep, and that’s the one that translated best, really. When we first started everyone said “Oh, you must hate Radiohead”. Or they’d say “You must hate Nirvana”, because they killed the particular kind of rock that we do – and it used to really frustrate us. So when we were choosing a cover, we wanted to either do a Nirvana song or a Radiohead song to demonstrate the fact that we don’t hate those bands.
If The Darkness do a cover, it has to be an octave up, singing-wise, and probably a bit faster. And that’s it – you’ve made it into a Darkness song [laughs].
We didn’t necessarily want to put it on the album, but when we heard the mix, we realised that the album needed it. I think it might have been a bit too sweet without something like that. You have to keep the balance.