Radio 1’s Edith Bowman has a documentary out this week on The Darkness, going to their hometown finding out what turned them from nice young men into swaggering, tattooed rock gods. They also spoke with the band themselves, including frontman Justin Hawkins, who addressed the band’s ‘haters’. “There are people who compare us to the likes of Thin Lizzy and Queen and they say it in they way like ‘that’s a bad thing’ – you’re talking about world beating, classic bands with people all over the world that absolutely love them,” he said. “To me it’s a coolness thing really. I personally haven’t got any time for anybody who sees it as anything other than a good band.”
The “One Music” documentary at bbc.co.uk/radio1 has since been removed.