The very reasons that make the Darkness such a delicious parody of rock ‘n’ roll excess are the things that make them amazingly, excruciatingly unlistenable.
Yes, "I Believe in a Thing Called Love" was named one of the 100 Greatest Songs of ‘00s by VH1, and we’ll let them have that. It’s fun. But if you can then make it all the way through “Everybody Have a Good Time” or “Every Inch of You” (below), however hilarious, we applaud your determination.
Which is not to say that the British quartet’s performance on Thursday at Revolution Live won’t be, uh, a good time. There will be spectacle, decibels and cowbells. There will be blood, too, coming from your ears.
As shtick, the screechy indulgences of the glam-metal era are rich with possibility, and from their 2003 debut “Permission to Land” to the August release “Hot Cakes,” the Darkness has nailed them with glee: Justin Hawkins’ piercing vocals? Awesome! Dan Hawkins’ screaming guitar, the bell-bottomed posturing, the lyrics over-flowing with sex-charged cliché … all awesome!
But can you listen to it for more than 10 minutes before impaling yourself on a broken Bud bottle? There’s the challenge of the Darkness.
Those made of stronger stuff than we are will gather when the Darkness performs with opening act Hell or Highwater (featuring Brandon Saller of Atreyu) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Revolution Live (100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale). Tickets: $23, $25. Info: 954-449-1025, JointheRevolution.net.