Music Video of the Day: I Believe In A Thing Called Love by The Darkness (2003, dir. Alex Smith)

Happy Valentines Day!

That’s not enough? Okay, fine.

The video starts off with The Darkness onboard their version of the ZZ Top spaceship car.

Rough Boy by ZZ Top

Rough Boy by ZZ Top


Then Justin Hawkins emerges from a heart-shaped bath before something that reminds me of Grimace dries him off. That’s followed by Hawkins reminding us that he is a fan of Queen.

Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen

Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen


You can also see in the background that he either made a sculpture based on this…

I Want To Break Free by Queen

I Want To Break Free by Queen

or borrowed some of the furniture from the Korova Milk Bar used last by Rob Zombie in 2002.

Never Gonna Stop by Rob Zombie

Never Gonna Stop by Rob Zombie

This was a few years before Zombie would get Alex DeLarge and Michael Myers to sit down and discuss masks.

Then it’s time to introduce the rest of the band, and play some guitar before Hawkins gets beamed down to a planet to fight a giant crab. I guess the Gorn were too good for this music video.

Star Trek: TOS -- Arena

Star Trek: TOS — Arena


However, we do get a cameo appearance from the rock.

Star Trek: TOS -- Arena

Star Trek: TOS — Arena

Of course Hawkins dodges the rock like Captain Kirk did, and with the power of a Bohemian Rhapsody reference…


he throws it right back. They’re working with a limited runtime. Hawkins doesn’t have the time to make a gun.

Then Hawkins runs through decontamination before turning to point down the corridor to show off their gigantic Marshall Stack.


I’m sure they were added later, but I’m still going to call this for The Animals and say that hot flames of fire were roaring at their feet. I have no idea if this one was a reference to Spill The Wine by The Animals, but it is the first thing I thought of when I saw the scene. Plus, out of the middle of the flames does comes this red-colored Orion girl.


Meanwhile, back on the bridge, the band prepares for their final reference.

A space creature latches itself onto the ship like in that episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Star Trek: The Next Generation -- Galaxy's Child

Star Trek: The Next Generation — Galaxy’s Child


Unlike Star Trek: The Next Generation, they turn on their instrument phasers and blast the thing to dust.


Then we get a thumbs up from Hawkins…


before their ship crash lands on a planet in the video for their song Friday Night, which picked up right after this one.

Again, Happy Valentine’s Day!