THE DARKNESS: No Plans To Work With Producer 'MUTT' LANGE

Contrary to published reports, THE DARKNESS will NOT be utilizing the services of legendary producer Robert "Mutt" Lange (AC/DC, DEF LEPPARD, BRYAN ADAMS, FOREIGNER) on their upcoming sophomore album. Some Internet sources have gone as far as to quote the members of the band as saying that the follow-up to last year's gold-certified "Permission to Land" has already been completed and is scheduled for release later in the year.

"No, no, we're not working with Mutt," THE DARKNESS singer Justin Hawkins told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. "We're actually not going into the studio to record until December, so an album won't be out until middle of next year."

Asked if THE DARKNESS have a newfound credibility now that they've joined the prestigious ranks of Elton John and Kate Bush by snaring "Songwriter of the Year" at England's Ivor Novello Awards a couple of weeks ago, Hawkins said, "I think no matter how many awards we win, no one will take us seriously. But the songwriting award is good because you can't hear a cat suit, and it allows the band to be stripped down to what really matters."

In other news, THE DARKNESS recently took part in an interview and performance of "I Believe In A Thing Called Love" on [email protected]. Watch both at Netscape.com.

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