The Darkness are currently midway through a mammoth UK tour visiting everywhere they possibly can to play to as many people as they can. We went to see them in London and it was fucking incredible. If you don’t like every song on Permission To Land then you’re a) Wrong and b) FUCKING WRONG. Before the spandex hero Justin Hawkins went on stage that night though, we caught up for a round of 20 Questions that led to us talking about turning into a hedgehog, having sex with mermaids and eating cat food. Give it a read below.
The best pair of shoes you’ve ever owned?
I’m a person that has a lot of shoes. I’ve never known a woman that I’ve been related to or in a relationship with who has anywhere near as many shoes as me. I love all of them, that’s why I can’t get rid of them, but if I had to pick one it would be my white combat boots. Actually, no. There was a company that used to be called Augusta but they’re now A Diciannoveventitre, they’re an Italian company and these guys make shoes by hand, and I got a pair of black derbies. They’re the kind of thing Charlie Chaplin might have worn and they go with nothing that I own, but that sort of makes it better so I wear them all the time. Whatever you do, they stand out. It’s a simple classic design but nothing I wear is like that.
Favourite video game?
I really enjoyed International Superstar Soccer when it first came out on the N64. That was one of the first games where you could really create the look of the players so I had me and my brother up front, a few of my friends in midfield, and commanding the central defence was my father. When I won the World Cup with those lot as England there’s a sequence of the team walking round the stadium with confetti everywhere and all the players throwing my father into the air and catching him. It was just so funny, I could watch it all day.
The best place in the world?
I used to think that it was somewhere vaguely exotic and weird like parts of Tokyo or something like that, but in reality it’s the Cap d’Antibes in the south of France because the people are so arrogant it’s an inspiration to me. Everyone behaves like a rockstar and I don’t enough. The way they speak to each other, the way they turn their nose up at things – it’s just awesome. It’s a new kind of etiquette. If everybody behaved like that they’d all be a lot happier. Beneath all the people-pleasing and politeness in England there’s seething resentment, but in the south of France no-one gives a fuck and at least they’re honest. The weather’s a bonus. Check it out… »