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The Darkness: Band of 2003

Tom Cox, Observer Music Monthly, 14 December 2003

"IT'S GOING TO BE a bit like having sex in front of your parents – you know, that moment when you're a teenager and you've been having a wank with your eyes closed in your bedroom and you wake up and there's suddenly a steaming mug of tea next to you?" says Justin Hawkins, the wiry, hard-bitten lead singer of The Darkness, Britain's most exciting rock band of 2003.

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