The Darkness “I Believe in a Thing Called Love”

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In August 2002 a rift opened in the space time continuum through which the glam rock of the 1970’s erupted into Britain and the rest of the world. Transmitting from the mothership that flew through the space in which the past and future collided came British rock band The Darkness, and they sang with the music of the spheres about how they did indeed “believe in a thing called love.”

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Despite “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” being originally issued as a 3-track EP in August 2002, it took until September 2003 before it released as a single. The song almost reached the number one position in the UK Top 40, but was beaten by The Black Eyed Peas‘ “Where Is the Love?

Darkness 3In March 2005, Q magazine placed “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” at number 47 in its list of the 101 Greatest Guitar Tracks. It is also placed 493 on The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born on Blender magazine. Most recently, it ranked at 276 of Pitchfork’s 500 Top Tracks of the 2000s and was ranked number one for Classic Rock Magazine’s list of “The Greatest Rock Songs Of The Noughties”. The song was also named the 94th best hard rock song of all time by VH1.

Aside from singer Justin Hawkins’s falsetto vocals, the most memorable thing about “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” is the camp music video that takes place aboard the band’s spaceship. The establishing shot is straight up sci-fi cinema with the horseshoe crab shaped vessel flying through space, but the silence of space is soon interrupted by the first heavy guitar rift as we cut to the interior of the ship . . . and then things get very 70’s.

Darkness 2It is unclear as to whether Justin Hawkins has just finished his space bath, or whether this an opening akin the 1979 film Alien with the crew waking up from cryogenic sleep, but either way the giant furry drying monster thing in the corner seem straight out of Barbarella (1968). The interior of the ship looks like Austin Powers and Liberace teamed up to give the original USS Enterprise a makeover, but this is all completely intentional to draw more of the 1970’s through that rift in time.

The band battle battle a series of monsters: a giant crab, a mysterious red “devil” woman, and then finally a giant space squid that looks like it might actually be trying to mate with the spaceship. Whatever the squid’s motivation, the invasive tentacles are combatted with the electric power of ROCK!

In the years that followed the success of “I Believe in a Thing Called Love,” the band went through several rough patches with band members quitting or needing rehab (typical VH1 Behind the Music stuff), but by 2011, The Darkness announced reunion shows, and their fourth studio album, Last of Our Kind, was released in 2015.

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