The Darkness (UK rock band)

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The Darkness are a British rock band from Lowestoft, Suffolk, formed in 2000. The band consists of Justin Hawkins (lead vocals, guitar), his brother Dan Hawkins (guitar, backing vocals), Frankie Poullain (bass, backing vocals) and Rufus Taylor (drums).

The Darkness came to prominence with the release of their debut album, Permission to Land, in 2003. Backed by the singles "I Believe in a Thing Called Love", "Growing on Me", "Get Your Hands off My Woman", and "Love is Only a Feeling", the album was certified quadruple platinum in the United Kingdom, with sales of over 1,300,000. In 2004 the band won three Brit Awards: Best British Group, Best British Rock Act, and Best British Album.

After extensive touring in support of their debut album, Poullain left the band in 2005, and was replaced by former guitar technician Richie Edwards. The band's second studio album, One Way Ticket to Hell... and Back, was released in November 2005. The following year, Justin Hawkins departed from the band after successfully completing a course of rehabilitation from alcohol and cocaine abuse. As a result, the remaining members formed Stone Gods, and continued to perform and record without Hawkins, who subsequently fronted his own project, Hot Leg.

On 15 March 2011, The Darkness announced reunion shows, with original bassist Frankie Poullain, including Download Festival 2011, and the Isle of Wight Festival 2012. Their third album, Hot Cakes, was released on 20 August 2012. Ed Graham has since left the band, feeling the strain of touring was impacting his personal life, in which he had pressing issues. In 2015 a fourth studio album was announced, entitled Last of Our Kind, which was released on June 2, 2015.

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Year Title RatingReleases
2003 Permission to Land 3.35 10
2005 One Way Ticket to Hell... And Back 4 4
2012 Hot Cakes 6
2015 Last of Our Kind 2 4

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
2008 The Platinum Collection 1


Year Title RatingReleases
2002 I Believe in a Thing Called Love 5
2003 Get Your Hands Off My Woman 1
2003 Growing on Me 1
2003 Christmas Time (Don't Let the Bells End) 1
2004 Love Is Only a Feeling 2
2005 One Way Ticket 4
2006 Is It Just Me? 2
2006 Girlfriend 1
2012 Nothing's Gonna Stop Us 1
2012 Everybody Have a Good Time 1

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