One Way Ticket to Hell...and Back

Atlantic Records
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10 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 One Way Ticket 4:24 77,562
2 Knockers 2:43 46,040
3 Is It Just Me? 3:05 51,061
4 Dinner Lady Arms 3:15 43,684
5 Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time 3:34 43,334
6 Hazel Eyes 3:25 46,168
7 Bald 5:30 38,097
8 Girlfriend 2:32 45,252
9 English Country Garden 3:05 40,220
10 Blind Man 3:24 33,840

About this album

One Way Ticket to Hell… and Back was the second and final album by English rock band The Darkness. It was released on November 28, 2005 through Atlantic Records (see 2005 in music).

The first single from the album, “One Way Ticket”, reached #8 in the UK single charts as did the second single “Is It Just Me?”.

Former Bassist, Frankie Poullain, has said that “Hazel Eyes” is his favourite track on the record, citing the following: “I defy anyone after a couple of beverages to listen to “Hazel Eyes” standing up and NOT get the Michael Flatleys. ” Poullain was already familiar with six of the ten songs on the album, playing “Hazel Eyes”, “Dinner Lady Arms”, “Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time” and “English Country Garden” on tour with the band before his departure. He also co-wrote four of the tracks featured on the album.

The working title for the album was The Painstaking.

Most bass parts on the album are played by Dan Hawkins, following the departure of Frankie Poullain.

Reviews for the album were mixed. Q magazine proclaimed it the 22nd best album of 2005. However Planet Sound remarked how it was the “world’s most expensive penis joke”, regarding the costly delay of the album.

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  • amaroK_usr

    Even after all this time the "and back" part still annoys me.

    21 Jun 2013 Reply
  • dr_bun

    how the hell can you say this is better then permission to land?! thats just nonsense most of the songs are weak and the last 2 are complete tat. however i do love dinnerladies arms

    27 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Manveru666

    This album was far superior to 'Permission' for me

    20 Mar 2012 Reply
  • glsjawtomatica

    Holy Trainwreck! Wtf happened?

    12 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Zahltag

    This album was far superior to 'Permission' for me -- give it a try. [2]

    18 Apr 2011 Reply
  • KrossPoison

    Both albums are great. I prefer permission to land by far but there is nothing wrong with this album at all. It's just got a softer approach to it than the last.

    28 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Jamesismynamo

    This album is four billion times worse than Permission to Land.

    13 Nov 2010 Reply
  • WizardNib

    I thought it was better at the time. Tried to listen to it the other day and....well :( Hawkins starting a new band called The Legs soon though according to NME. XD

    8 Jul 2008 Reply
  • -Zelgadis-

    It's way better than permission though permission es excellent

    29 Jan 2008 Reply
  • rynerrr

    This album was far superior to 'Permission' for me -- give it a try.

    3 Nov 2007 Reply
  • CovinS

    Did ANYone bother with this album? I know I didn't.

    27 Sep 2007 Reply
  • zioNata

    uhm, there must be an error... am i wrong?

    30 Jul 2006 Reply

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