After the surprise hit Permission To Land (which was essentially just a released demo) The Darkness were determined to make a better sounding second album. At first it was announced they were going to be working with one Mutt Lange; that didn’t pan out. Up next was Roy Thomas Baker, of Queen fame.
Their first released collaboration was a re-recording of “Get Your Hands Off My Woman” re-titled “Get Your Hands Off My Woman…Again”. It differs only slightly from the original. Better sounding bass, better sounding drums, but almost identical otherwise. There are only two moments were the song deviates from the original: a 5 second piano break at 1:54, and a different, more abrupt ending.
This was released November 8 2004, for one month only, for 99p on the official Darkness site. Since then I understand it’s been very difficult to find online. I like when bands release stuff like this, even though for most people it’s fairly redundant. A lot of bands test the waters by re-recording older material, Axl’s done that and so have others. When they make it available for almost nothing for a limited time, sure, I’ll bite. It’s a kind of immediate release that didn’t exist 20 years ago.
Not to mention that this is just one of the Darkness’ best songs, ever. Gratuitous language, hot riffs, screeching high vocals, ripping solos, and hooks for miles. I was sold on the original song on first listen. As for this re-recorded update, I like the better quality sound, but I don’t like the piano break or the ending. Great tune, great sonics thanks to RTB, but I’ll stick with the original!
Since you can’t take a picture of a non-physical product, here’s the CD single that I burned!