According to the NME the Darkness are now favourites to take the Christmas
number one spot with their festive track '(Christmas Time) Don't Let The Bells End'. Ladbrokes have given the rockers odds of 4/1, ahead of the as-yet-to-be-decided Pop Idol winner. However the magazine reckons the Darkness might find tough competition from the Electric Six if they go ahead with plans to release a cover of Queen's 'Radio Ga Ga' for the Christmas market.
But HMV's Gennaro Castaldo reckons the Darkness are best suited to take the
Christmas top spot: "You need a couple of things to get a Christmas number
one. You need a dedicated fanbase, which The Darkness now have, but you also need to be able to cross over into the mainstream and catch the imagination of the public with that novelty factor. The Darkness have the right mixture of novelty and cheese to do it. They press every button that needs to be pressed. For the first time in a long time we could see something really different at the top. The tabloid showbiz media play a major part. This year, there's a feeling that rather than back the winner of 'Fame Academy'
or 'Pop Idol', they'll get behind The Darkness. I really think The Darkness have that special Christmas stardust."
But Electric Six's Dick Valentine has been waxing lyrical about his possible Christmas project – which might tip the balance with another quirky video and one of those 'limited edition, buy it this week' marketing schemes. Valentine: "We're looking to take the three characters from our videos – the high voltage guy, the Abe Lincoln from 'Gay Bar' and the dance commander -and have them sit round a table eating Christmas dinner with Brian May We have a couple of months to get that nailed."