The Darkness - Love Is Only A Feeling
It opens with a couple of chords lifted from the opening seconds of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars and heads towards vintage Queen, complete with the bluster of big rock drums and enough guitar dubs, as legend would have it, to wipe the recording tape clear enough to make it see-through.
No matter that this is rock nonsense, The Darkness shamelessly get back to the hair metal of the eighties but do so with falsetto style. Having just read through David Konow's Bang Your Head - a history of heavy metal from the late-sixties to the early-nineties - we need bands like The Darkness...bands who get called faggots by rednecks whose girlfriends are hustling for ten minutes in the back of the tour bus with the band, bands who split opinion as neatly as the Disco Sucks! campaign did.
With The Darkness out of the country, Love Is Only A Feeling gets pulled off the Permission To Land album for a release on the 22 March in the hope of keeping a presence in the UK whilst the band is on tour in the US, becoming the toast of talk shows and rock stations. The song is much the same as everything they've done to date and whilst its's great fun, it won't do anything to convince those who consider The Darkness a novelty band.