The Darkness: Permission to Land

Song: “I Believe in a Thing Called Love

Maybe this week I’ll have a “Songs I Used To Hate, But Now I Love” theme.

Forgive me if I’m remembering this incorrectly, but I’m pretty sure about two years ago I got an email from Wendy that just said, “Pam. The Darkness. Please tell me you understand.”

And I wrote back, “I liked them when they were called ‘Queen,’ and I don’t understand what I’m looking at when I look at the video. I think I’m through with kitch bands, because I bought two Bloodhound Gang CDs, and I still feel like an asshole.”

I’m not sure I’ve ever heard from Wendy again. Man, I am such a music snob. I’ve got to work on that.

See, then this song ended up on Karaoke Revolution. At first I was like, “This is going to be horrible. My ears are going to bleed.”

And then we had a “Darkness”-off, where every single person had to do “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” all the way through. All eight of us. And by the end of it, we realized this was the best song to sing in the history of singable songs.

It has everything you want when you’re holding a microphone, including a guitar solo that begins with you shrieking, “GUITAR!”

But listen. You can’t really sing this song well unless you’re crazy. You have to be really, really crazy to do this one justice, because it goes way up high and loops around and you have to sing, “Touching youuuuooouuuu!” like you mean it, and you can’t really lose enough cool to do it well unless you are a loony.

For some reason I can make the videogame produce pure feedback from the sound of my voice. I don’t know how to explain it, but the sound drives stee crazy and is the funniest thing Frank has ever seen. Now when I hear this song I always think of Frank losing it on my couch, which is awesome because one time he made a joke about a German movie trailer that had me laughing in his back seat for more than half an hour, to the point where everybody wanted to smother me.

Anyway, this song. Perhaps it’s worth a buck to buy it right now, blast it in your office, and see which crazy people come running in to jam out with you.”GuiTAH!

[edited to add: As I hit “Save,” one of my co-workers just ran into my office and asked, “Who’s playing The Darkness?” Then he jammed out an air guitar and said, “This is my Karaoke song, man.”


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