Watch the Darkness’ Cartoonishly Excessive ‘Nothin’s Gonna Stop Us’ Clip
First video since 2005 features multiarmed guitarists, as you'd expect
When the going gets tough, artists hoping to capture the moment have a couple of options: feel our pain, or help us pretend that the pain doesn’t exist. For the Darkness, the over-the-top hair-rockers best known for the wonderfully cheesy early 2000s excess of “I Believe in a Thing Called Love,” there wasn’t even a choice. “Nothin’s Gonna Stop Us,” the English band’s first song since 2005’s One Way Ticket to Hell… and Back is all Queen falsetto, Starship exuberance, rainbows, and unicorns.
Its video opens with a BBC reporter declaring, “Everyone everywhere is feeling very sad,” and imagines a time when a tween-age girl would be able to own a record player and a million pieces of band-related merch. Animated hijinks pour forth from her pen, involving flying guitars, flamingos, medieval swordcraft, and a multi-armed boxer playing a guitar solo. “I was pullin’ a wheelie / You’re pullin’ my hair,” yowls Justin Hawkins in the track, which you can download from the band’s website. It all comes back to the hair — but then again, hair is one of the few things we actually have the power to fix.