All I know is that their latest effort, "One Way Ticket To Hell ... and Back," is probably the best album name of all time.
As the New York Times puts it: The British band the Darkness is made up of smart people pretending to be dumb people with aspirations to be quite clever. [...] The opening to the title song of "One Way Ticket to Hell ... and Back" could have been written by a sketch-comedy troupe: panpipes, the sound of cocaine being cut into lines and snorted, and then a guitar riff with a cowbell.
At the end of the day, I find The Darkness amusing but not amusing enough to actually buy another album of theirs.
They put it best in the New York Times article: I respect it, and desire never to hear it again.