“Why don’t we write the dumbest song ever?” How Darkness Made Me Believe in Something Called Love | culture

Dan Hawkins, guitarist

I don’t remember who said it but we were having a conversation along the lines of, “Why don’t we just write the dumbest song ever?” It may have been Justin, my brother, who came up with the first riff: he and Frankie were arguing with that ridiculous chorus line way too soon. I went up to the bridge and the back end of the chorus and tried to put it into a song-like shape. We took this arrangement to the filthy rehearsal room a few days later. I expected all of us to be embarrassed to play it. But everyone was singing along with the choir the second she came. We looked at each other and thought: “This is it. She stays.” I was like: “Oh damn. It lingers.”

The arrangement is very tight. Marked Roughly – Know where you’re going the moment you start. You know what it’s about. Lots of best songs like this. I spent a great deal of time in the studio getting the perfect beat, making sure the drums were exactly in place. The crab that appears in the music video means something to the band. It was a nod to the time you had a lot of cocaine with your eyes basically on stalks. He has appeared on numerous occasions throughout our career. We’ve always had an affinity for sea creatures, probably because we’re from Lowestoft in Suffolk.

We arrived in Canada to begin the Americas tour, months after the release of our Permission to Land album. She is back in first place. We never really considered ourselves an individual band, which is why this song was such a problem for me in the first place. For me, darkness was about the albums and being a great rock band. I wasn’t bothered about being famous.

For the record, I’ve probably played it 200 times. And since then, I’ve been saying the total is over 4,000. Every ride we’ve been on, we’ve been checking on them, too. Three times a day, five times a week. What is surprising is its scale internationally. We played that song to 400,000 people at a free festival in Poland and every single one of them was crazy and brought it back to us. We played an entire stadium supporting Lady Gaga in 2011 in Sao Paulo and it was the same. It is like this wherever we go. Everything about the song pays off with positivity. It feels great to play.

Justin Hawkins, lead singer, guitarist

We never get tired of it. We didn’t bother looking for the ultimate scum. I was just following my fingers, really. I think we were sitting at what we used to call the truth table: it was a round wooden table in the apartment where Frankie was [bass-player] and Dan [guitarist] Live. Cartoony and silly stuff – that’s my reason for being. The silly things Darkness does are tempered by Dan’s genuine flair. For me to be on, she must have something in her that makes him go: “You can’t do that.”

I was about to search for my illness to put “love” in every single song. Teams were afraid to talk about love. But the huge songs, the ones that make you so heartbroken, they actually talk about and use the word “love.” I’m always smitten, that’s the truth. It is one of the first and most stable addictions of my life.

I remember when we were rehearsing the song, our manager came down and just said, “This is a hit, that is.” This was news to us. We recorded it in 2001 – the master vocal was recorded on September 11th, the day of the 9/11 attacks. We played it with Robbie Williams Knebworth After a few summers. It was really like: “Shit! We’re famous now.”

My goal has always been to get every hand in the air. This has often been the case. We’ve seen a lot of hands in a lot of different airspaces. Every time we play it, the place kicks in and I feel so good that I can play it on autopilot. Until now, people sing it on the street. I will have nothing but a lasting affection for that song.

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