THE DARKNESS Vocalist Says Lemmy’s Comment About Them is Like “Water off a disinterested duck’s back.”Posted by Rhonnie in Music News, tags: Cunt, Darkness, Dave Grohl, Documentary, Favorable Light, Fictional Character, Foo Fighters, Ginger, Guitarist, Justin Hawkins, Lemmy, Nice Guy, Novelty Act, Novelty Record, O Clock, Peacemaker, Rainbow, Vocalist, Water Off A Duck, Wildhearts
In a recent interview with¬†UWeekly, guitarist/vocalist¬†Justin Hawkins of The Darkness¬†was asked for his thoughts on his band being mentioned in a less-than-favorable light in the 2010¬†documentary¬†”Lemmy”¬†in which the¬†Mot√∂rhead¬†mainman called¬†The Darkness¬†a “novelty act.”
“I haven’t seen it,”¬†Justin¬†said. “I’ve heard about it, though. Isn’t it one fictional character discussing a fictional character with another fictional character? [laughs] There’s a lot of that kind of stuff in the world. Too much, if you ask me, and I didn’t bother watching it. You know that expression: ‘water off a duck’s back?’ Um, like that‚Ä¶ only with less interest, I suppose. Water off a disinterested duck’s back.”
Speaking to¬†Classic Rock¬†magazine in 2004,¬†Lemmy¬†revealed that¬†The Darkness¬†banned him from appearing at one of their Los Angeles shows after he branded them a “novelty act.”
“I don’t have a problem with them,”¬†Lemmy¬†told¬†Classic Rock, “I just have a problem with people making them out to be more than they are. They’re just a¬†band¬†‚ÄĒ a good band that play good tunes. I just have a problem with the vocals.
“Ginger¬†wanted me to do a¬†song¬†with him when¬†The Wildhearts were supporting them in L.A., but they banned me because I said I didn’t like¬†The Darkness¬†in some paper. I said I thought it was a novelty record.
“And it was: they’re not normal vocals, and it was the first one of its type, so… And then all this terrible shit came down.”
Foo Fighters¬†frontman¬†Dave Grohl, who invited¬†Lemmy¬†to work on his¬†Probot¬†project, acted as peacemaker between the two parties.
Lemmy: “Dave Grohl¬†‚ÄĒ the cunt ‚ÄĒ rings me up, 11 o’clock at night, and says: ‘Come down the Rainbow and have a drink.’ And I get there and he’s surrounded by¬†The Darkness.¬†Dave’s a nice guy ‚ÄĒ he likes to keep the peace, which is a great thing. So I’m sitting next to the¬†singer¬†and he says: ‘So you don’t like my vocals?’ I said: ‘I don’t like ‘em because it’s not my sort of thing, but I defend to the death your right to do what you want to do.’ As soon as we talked about it, it made it alright, cos bands are basically on the same side.”