“One Way Ticket” is the lead single from British rock band The Darkness’ second studio album, One Way Ticket to Hell… And Back. It reached number eight on the UK Singles Chart. Its lyrics explicitly deal with cocaine use and addiction. The song contains frequent references to taking and being on cocaine, one of the reasons Justin Hawkins was admitted to rehab.
The beginning of the song features a pan flute solo, the a noise of one snorting cocaine, before the starting riff begins. The cover art features a stylised British Rail Aptis ticket, taken from their hometown of Lowestoft, in Suffolk, surrounded by fire.
“Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us” is a song by British rock band, The Darkness, released as a promotional single from their third studio album, Hot Cakes, released in February 2012.
“Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us” is the band’s first new single to be released since their split in 2006. The song features the original line-up of the band. The track was released via digital download on the band’s official website on 1 February 2012. It is one of five new songs premiered on the group’s two-stage 2011 and 2012 tour. The song was mixed by Chris “Frenchie” Smith for Worldsend America Inc, assisted by Jason Buntz
The music video for “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us” premiered online on 23 January 2012, at a total length of three minutes and three seconds. Directed by Thom Lessner and animated by Ted Passon, the video features a longer cut of the song, which features a news introduction in the starting scene. The video features a girl, who is shown as being a big fan of The Darkness, in her room listening to a radio broadcast, which states that all happiness has gone from the world, and that it has become boring. The video then becomes animated as the song begins. The four band members are shown in various scenes, including driving motorbikes down the Lowestoft promenade, past the beach huts, and through a city during the night.
“Love Is Only a Feeling” is a song by English rock group The Darkness, released as the fifth and final single from their debut studio album, Permission to Land. The song peaked at number five on the UK Singles Chart. The music video for the song was filmed on top of a mesa called Flat Rock in Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains of Australia.
“Is It Just Me?” is a single by British rock band The Darkness, taken as the second cut their second studio album, One Way Ticket to Hell… And Back. The single was released on 13 February 2006. The song was the band’s fifth consecutive top ten hit in the UK, peaking at No. 8 on the UK Singles Chart. It also peaked at No. 39 in Australia. The music video for the song features a parody of the popular Flake girl advert, which was a popular advertisement for the chocolate bar. It also features psychedelic rock star, Arthur Brown, as the priest, who is marrying Justin Hawkins to himself.
“I Believe in a Thing Called Love” is a song by English rock band The Darkness, released as the third single from their debut studio album, Permission to Land.
When released as a single in September 2003, it peaked at number two in UK Singles Chart, just behind The Black Eyed Peas’ “Where Is The Love?”. Lead singer Justin Hawkins performs much of the song in falsetto.
Like most of the band’s tracks it is influenced by 1970s glam rock like T. Rex and Slade.
It was named the 276th best track of the 2000s by Pitchfork Media.
“Growing on Me” is a song by the glam rock band The Darkness from their album Permission to Land. It was released as a single on 16 June 2003, peaking at number 11 on the UK Singles Chart. It also charted at number 42 and 46 in Ireland and Australia.
Despite rumours surrounding the song’s meaning, lead singer Justin Hawkins has refuted suggestions that the lyrics pertain to pubic lice or sexually transmitted infections: “People have said it’s about pubic lice, but that’s obviously wrong because pubic lice don’t grow on you, do they?” Hawkins has also commented on the song’s true meaning: “A sweet lady woman that you will never fully fathom or understand, but you love her so much that after a while it doesn’t matter.”
“Girlfriend” is a song by British rock band The Darkness, released as the third and final single from their second studio album, One Way Ticket to Hell… And Back. Released on 22 May 2006, it was the band’s last single before their five-year disbandment later that year. The song is written from the perspective of a man who has cheated on his girlfriend with another woman. He tells his now angry girlfriend in the first verse that the other girl meant nothing to him. In the second verse he admits that the relationship is over and his once girlfriend is now his ex. The music video for the song is inspired by the film Flashdance. The song was a disappointment, only charting at #39 on the UK Singles Chart. This was the band’s lowest charting single since 2003 single “Get Your Hands off My Woman”.
“Get Your Hands off My Woman” is a song by the English rock band The Darkness. The song was released in February 2003 as the lead single from the group’s debut studio album, Permission to Land. Although the single went on to win a Metal Hammer “Golden God” award for best single, it has become the band’s lowest charting single worldwide. Credited to all four members of the group, the song supposedly reflected personal experiences of lead vocalist Justin Hawkins. “Get Your Hands off My Woman” became a sing-along favourite at concerts by The Darkness, in part due to its parodic obscenity. The song was covered by Ben Folds on his 2004 EP Super D.
“Everybody Have A Good Time” is a song by the British rock band The Darkness, released as a promotional single from their third studio album Hot Cakes in June 2012. Justin Hawkins said of the song, “We wanted to write the world’s simplest, dumbest rock song. It’s harder than you might imagine. Songwriting is like catching butterflies. If a big dumb butterfly isn’t flying past when you’re sitting there with your net, you aren’t going to catch one.”
Loudwire stated that the song “delivers a retro, rocking anthem bedazzled with big sing-a-long choruses and just enough guitar solos.” Spin refers to the song as “giddy glam-rock blast, all Thin Lizzy bombast and T. Rex boogie.” NME stated that the song “features the band’s trademark 1970s rock sound, and a chorus strongly reminiscent of Queen.” However, despite the strong critical praise, the public were not “buying it”, with the song failing to chart anywhere in Europe. It was their only single to date not to chart in the UK Top 40.
“Christmas Time (Don’t Let the Bells End)” is a single released by British hard rock band The Darkness. The single was released on 15 December 2003, to fall in with the UK Christmas Number One Race. The track was later included on a “Christmas Edition” of their debut studio album, Permission to Land, issued in some areas of Europe on 22 December 2003.
The song is a take on the usual structure of Christmas songs. It features the usual mention of festivities, Santa Claus and bells, delivered with Justin Hawkins’ trademark falsettos. The school choir that provide backing vocals, which can be heard on the song and seen in the video, are from Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College school, in New Cross, London, which Justin and Dan’s mother once attended. Following the humour and tone of The Darkness’ other work, the song also includes a strong level of parody, most notably the double meaning of the line ‘Bells End’ and ‘Ring in peace’. The song appeared as the backing track for the Christmas version of Adult Swim’s iOS game, Robot Unicorn Attack, which was released in November 2010. The song was also used to advertise Sky One’s Christmas programming in 2003.
When asked about the meaning of the song on a television special, Hawkins stated “we managed to get bellend into a Christmas song without it getting banned! (And ringpiece!)”