In House With the Darkness: Wardrobe Malfunctions, Lady Gaga and 'Childish Sexual Innuendo'
In House is AOL Music's series in which we welcome artists into our offices to play some music, chat with our staffers and, generally, just hang out. For our latest visit, Spinner sat down with the Darkness' Justin Hawkins and Ed Graham to discuss their comeback album, Hot Cakes, innuendo, Lady Gaga and having your pants split open on live TV.
You talk about becoming a rock star in the song "Every Inch of You." What inspired it?
Hawkins: I wrote the lyrics for it years and years ago, 'round 2001. It was kind of a dream sequence, a lot of it came true. We used to open with it.
Graham: We used to play it at pubs in London, near 2001. Then we didn't play it for ages.
Hawkins: I think it's because we only had one verse before and it was more like an introductory thing. It was only when we finished the album and Bob Ezrin was mixing it and he said, "We could mix it as an introductory thing, but wouldn't it be better if you made it into a proper song?" It's my personal favorite of the new songs.
Did you really want to be a vet or a doctor, like the lyrics say?
Hawkins: Yeah, my mom would've loved it if I would've been a vet. I love animals, and I wanted to be a doctor as well.
Does she still wish that?
Hawkins: She's very happy with the choices I've made.
What about the Hot Cakes title?
Graham: We like simple titles, like one-word or two-word titles. Something simple and classic. We talked about for a while and argued about and it was the only one that we could all agree on. [To Hawkins] You like it for different reasons.
Hawkins: I like it because