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The Darkness: the story so far.


"Our fans are the best in the world - they don't need to be told that we're cool to be able to have a great time. When we started this band we had nothing - the music industry just didn't want to know, and because of our fans, the industry NOW recognises that we have the potential to succeed. We are nothing without you, sweet people of rock. Let's take over the fucking world together!"

(Justin Hawkins).

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The Darkive

Posted on December 11, 2016 at 2:10 AM







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 The Darkive archives rare videos and tv appearances of English band The Darkness. It brings you a nice piece of the history of rock’n’roll.

Chris Barrs is one of the main contributors to the Darkive. He released a brief interview to Sweet People Of Rock.


SEASHELL: «Could you tell us something about the birth and the aims of The Darkive, please?»

CHRIS BARRS: «It [The Darkive] was birthed by a guy called Adam Alexander and I was brought immediately in as I had loads of content. Then another guy Stefan Payne joined the team. He runs darknesslover06 channel of YouTube. The main aim is to reach to as many fans as possible, help them reminisce on any shows they've seen and showcase The Darkness through a history of tv appearances, live appearances and recorded bootlegs.»

SEASHELL: «So, thanks to the Darkive for sharing precious memorabilia with all of us!» 

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Bootlegs, 2003 and 2004

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 9:20 AM

Download all the bootlegs listed below by clicking here:



  • The Darkness - "Carling Homecoming" at Astoria, London (11 November 2003)

              Curse Of The Tollund Man


  • The Darkness- Maida Vale BBC Studios, London (2003)


               Street Spirit

  • The Darkness - King Tuts, Glasgow (27 March 2003)

               Deaf In Both Ears

               Dune Patrol


  • The Darkness- Maida Vale BBC Studios, London (2004)

               I Believe In A Thing Called Love

               Friday Night

               Love Is Only A Feeling


The Darkness Photobomb

Posted on April 13, 2014 at 7:25 AM

Lad photobombs The Darkness. Who is that person?

There are things we are used to, which still reserve surprises. 

It is the case of this photo of the early 2000s. The band pose for a photo-shoot, but who is the guy in the background?

The Darkness: Lowestoft's Press- Early 2000s

Posted on April 5, 2014 at 12:55 AM

Interviews section updated: http://sweetpeopleofrock.webs.com/interviews.htm

Click on the image and enjoy retails from Lowestoft's Press about The Darkness in the early 2000s.

Buy prints of these photos on here: http://public.fotki.com/Mandys-Darkness/the_darkness_lowest/darkness3.html#media

The Darkness At Summer Ball 2003

Posted on March 27, 2014 at 5:45 AM

30/ 08/ 2003, Cornwall.

The Darkness played the Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) Annual Ball in front of a crowd of 4000.

From 1990 to few years ago SAS brought together the surf and water sports community from the UK. The event is a private party aimed to promote the protection of UK's oceans, waves and beaches for all to enjoy safely and sustainably.

“Simply the best party in the Cornish calendar - the chance for surfers, music fans and partygoers of all ages to have the time of their lives in an array of ridiculous costumes while knowing they are doing something to help the environment as well" (http://www.agos.co/celebrate.html)

At SAS 2003 The Darkness played in front of many people dressed like lobsters and sharks!

Photos of The Darkness Live @ SAS 2003: http://sweetpeopleofrock.webs.com/apps/photos/






The Darkness @Camden Town 2001.

Posted on September 5, 2013 at 9:20 AM


In the early 2000's The Darkness performed more than once at The Monarch, in Camden Town (London). On this regard, Neil Cartwright, the founder of "Million Media" (a digital marketing agency who work with leading companies in the music sector), remembers:

"A long time ago, I saw a new band (at the time) called The Darkness in The Monarch Pub, Camden. The upstairs room is probably as big as a large living room, maybe 150 capacity at a push. The stage is only a foot high and the ceiling is low. But did this stop the band playing like they were on stage at Madison Square Garden? No. Did it stop Justin Hawkins playing a guitar on his Roadie’s shoulders, even though the ceiling was so low he had to bend over to protect his head? No. Did it stop them from doing their full on-stage antics? No.




The point is, if you are a live performer, then you must perform whoever and whatever the circumstances, size of audience, size of venue. You should always think how to put on the best show you can do, even if only one person has paid to watch you. Because that person could be a blogger, a journalist or a manager who could change your life forever. Or better still, you could put on such a great performance you could change their lives forever, which is far more satisfying."

souce: http://theartistnetwork.ws/play-every-gig-like-its-madison-square-garden/

Justin Hawkins, #Erotic

Posted on August 21, 2013 at 12:15 AM

Enjoy this pretty hot photo shoot! :)

Justin Hawkins, OOAK Doll (2004).

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 9:45 AM

This is the Justin Hawkins doll (2004). The site, where I found it, explained:

"Yes!! It really is Justin Hawkins! This OOAK project  was completed mid 2004, using a Beauty and The Beast Mattel/Disney Ken doll.  He was given a facial repaint, added tattoos, and nipple piercing, as well as hair colouring...
He was later auctioned on eBay and was won by a big Darkness fan.. .glad to see him to go to a good home!
What do you think....a good likeness? Who else would you like me to recreate??"

OOAK means "One-Of-A-Kind" handmade merchandise: "The term has widespread use in the cottage industry of doll making, but is used in any manufacturing sector in which the one-of-a-kind nature of a product signifies its value/ importance.". (Wikipedia)

Gallery of images of the Justin Hawkins Doll:  http://sweetpeopleofrock.webs.com/apps/photos/

The Darkness Live at Stubb's Bar-B-Q (13 April 2004)

Posted on August 11, 2013 at 11:15 AM

The Darkness Live at Stubb's Bar- B-Q, 13 April 2004.

Flyer by Bobby Dixon (Artist  from Austin, Texas)

Christopher Gray reports:

"if not quite reaching the leather-clad heights of classic-rock ecstasy, came damn close. Yes, perhaps they overstepped their bounds a bit by choosing a rock update of Dirty Dancing's "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" for exit music, but not by much.".

Review: http://www.austinchronicle.com/music/2004-04-16/206874/

(Photo by Gary Miller)

  1. Bareback
  2. Black Shuck
  3. Growing on Me
  4. The Best of Me
  5. Makin' Out
  6. Love Is Only a Feeling
  7. Up Shit Creek
  8. Get Your Hands Off My Woman
  9. Stuck in a Rut
  10. Friday Night
  11. I Believe in a Thing Called Love
  12. Encore:
  13. Givin' Up
  14. Love on the Rocks with No Ice

The Darkness Live at Stubb's Bar- B-Q, 13 April 2004, two short videos.


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Harry Borden portraits The Darkness

Posted on July 26, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Award-winning portrait photographer Harry Borden has kindly granted permission to publish his portrait of The Darkness on this site.

The artwork dates back to May 2003 and is part of the National Portrait Gallery  (London).

From 1856 up to now the art gallery houses a collection of portraits of historically important and famous British people.

You may download the image for personal private use.

Enjoy Harry Borden's artworks on http://harryborden.co.uk/

Soccer Six, 2004.

Posted on July 15, 2013 at 12:55 AM

The Darkness won Soccer Six!

"The Darkness won the Soccer Six event in style and glory! They rampaged through all opponents to win on Sunday May 9th in Liverpool at Everton's Goodison Park! The Darkness cruised through the group stages! The lads beat The Zutons 6-1, Iron Maiden 3-1 and Goldie Lookin' Chains 5-0! In the quarter-finals they beat The Sex Pistols 8-0! In the semi-finals they beat VS 7-2! In the final The Darkness took victory with a 4-1 thrashing of Bryan McFadden's team! The victory in the final was made all the more glorius, because Bryan McFadden's team featured the actor Marcus Patrick who left The Darkness team to join another in last years Soccer Six event! In the immortal words of Justin Hawkins:


"On the day, soccer was the winner. Organisers and spectators agreed that ours was the finest team performance the event had seen in years. ALL of our outfield players managed to score during the tournament. Me and Dan secured star player awards and we all had a great day. It was extremely satisfying to beat Iron Maiden and especially sweet to leave "BIG" Neville Southall flat on his arse, having chipped him from the edge of the area AT GOODISON! Ho ho – next year we'll win EVERYTHING." "

Here the gallery of images: http://sweetpeopleofrock.webs.com/apps/photos/



Frankie Poullain, the hero.

Posted on July 15, 2013 at 12:30 AM

2003 Frankie Poullain is the hero of this one page comic by Akira The Don ,indipendent British musician and illustrator. The two musicians became friends thanks to the collaboration between their two bands.

In the early 2000's The Darkness supported Crack Village, Akira's band, for several times. Akira himself remembers: 

"Like most people who hung around Camden in the early naughties, I knew most of The Darkness, to varying degrees – Edd The Drummer used to come to my famous after-parties in East Finchley, and eat mushrooms and run around in circles in the garden screaming about giant eagles and suchlike, and Justin used to ask me if I had any cocaine in Bar Undersolo in Camden. I never did, but he always asked anyway, and always smiled warmly and gave me a little hug before skipping off to ask someone else. But Frankie was a gentleman – he’d buy me a pint and we’d talk about 90s rap. The Darkness actually supported my old crew Crack Village this one time at The Water Rats in King’s Cross. Frankie gave some backstage motivation – the venue was rammed, but with industry swine, and those are some tough-ass crowds. I didn’t care too much in those days though, I just got hammered."

In 2002 The Darkness performed at The Musos awards, a charity event. On this occasion, "The Darkness and Crack Village decided  to make "the new 'Walk This Way' ", song by Aerosmith.