The British press is trying to convince everyone that if they laugh at The Darkness, they’re the ones who are uncool. And to that Elizabeth Bromstein, who interviewed the band’s frontman Justin Hawkins said, “Bite me.” Bromstein suggested, “Skinny long-haired guys in stripey spandex catsuits are funny. Freddy Mercury looked like a right fu**in’ idiot in his day, and nothing’s changed.” Hawkins himself agreed, “Of course it’s funny, and that’s nothing to be ashamed of. What bothers me is that some people think we’re taking the piss out of the music, but we take aspects of being in this band very seriously. For a long time the whole thing was mistaken for being an ironic gesture.” Read more.