But when we got our breath back, we realised how much sense it made. Born This Way and Justin Hawkins's recently-reformed rockers both owe a great deal to '80s hair rock and they both like a bit of dress-up in the theatre of pop. To celebrate their appointment to Mother Monster's tour bus, here's ten fast facts about The Darkness.
1. The Darkness formed in 2000 in Lowestoft, Suffolk and were made up of Justin Hawkins (vocals, guitars, synths), his brother Dan Hawkins (guitars), Frankie Poullain (bass) and Ed Graham (drums).
2. Before they recorded their debut album, Justin raised some cash by writing and selling the 'Schlomp' jingles to everyone's favourite Scandinavian furniture/cider/hot dog emporium Ikea.
3. As well as selling over 1.5 million copies, the band's megahit Permission to Land won them the 'Best British Album' prize at the 2004 Brits, as well as the 'Best British Group' and 'Best British Rock Act' gongs.
4. The band's commercial peak came with the barely-one-and-a-half-entendre of a single 'Christmas Time (Don't Let the Bells End)', which just missed out on the coveted Christmas #1 spot to the cheery Gary Jules and Michael Andrews cover of Tears For Fears' 'Mad World'.
5. When everyone's favourite rent-a-quote merchant Noel Gallagher dismissed The Darkness as "inoffensive", Justin hit back, saying: "Noel Gallagher is an overrated guitarist losing grip on his credibility who just has to fire shots on his way down." Miaow!
6. Frankie left during the recording of second album One Way Ticket to Hell... And Back and was replaced with Richie Edwards (NB: not the Manics' missing Richey Edwards). It apparently cost £1 million to make and peaked at #11. Justin actually bought a copy of the record on eBay for £350 himself - as he tried to stop a promo leaking. The band split a year after its release.
7. Justin apparently got himself a Prince Albert piercing after splitting from The Darkness's manager Sue Whitehouse back in 2003. "I didn't like myself much," he explained. "I thought, what's the most painful place to have a piercing? I've taken it out now."
8. After leaving The Darkness Justin went on to record as British Whale and later fronted Hot Leg. His former colleagues formed Stone Gods with Edwards as their frontman. Hawkins found himself back in the top ten in 2005 with his cover of Sparks' 'This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us', but his unofficial World Cup single a year later didn't manage to chart.
9. In 2007, Hawkins launched a failed attempt to represent the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest. His song 'They Don't Make 'Em Like They Used To' featured Beverlei Brown but didn't get picked by the Great British Public. Instead we had Scooch 'Flying The Flag' (for us). They finished in a shocking 23rd out of 24 entries, with just 19 points.
10. Hawkins got over the disappointment by singing Billy Ocean's 'Red Light Spells Danger' with Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond for Comic Relief's Top Gear of the Pops. Keeping busy, he later played Monster Raving Loony Screaming Lord Sutch in Nick Moran's remarkably good Joe Meek biopic Telstar.
Watch The Darkness 'Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now' music video below: