I recently learned that The Darkness is opening for Lady Gaga in Europe and Africa this year. This, of course, made immediate sense: both Gaga and The Darkness are almost embarrassingly faithful to their mostly borrowed/adapted/unique aesthetic (exhibit a, exhibit b), both are perhaps unfairly maligned among critical listeners and both sing the shit out of every song they touch. The latter is especially true in, yes, The Darkness’ cover of Radiohead’s immortal “Street Spirit (Fade Out)” (we’ll wait for the collective “oh no they didn’t” to subside). The cover has actually been a staple of the band’s live show for a while now but they’ve just gotten around (or permission) to record this beast in a studio. I love the nutty escapism The Darkness stand for and the irony that it’s almost impossible to fade out, much less fade out again, when your face is being blasted off by those power chords and rockstar runs.
The cover will appear on the band’s forthcoming album, Hot Cakes, due out this month, August 20/21.