Rockers The Darkness have their family to thank for their creation - singer Justin Hawkins only became aware of his vocal prowess at a drunken bash with his relatives.

The I BELIEVE IN A THING CALLED LOVE frontman launched into an alcohol-fuelled rendition of Queen classic Bohemian Rhapsody during a family party on Millennium Eve (31DEC99), leaving his guitarist brother DAN dumbfounded.

Justin's high-pitched warbles and dance moves impressed his brother so much, they immediately decided to form a band.

Dan says, "We were all getting p***ed, and Justin and I were laughing at our dad dancing.

"And then Justin did his turn, basically singing and doing contemporary dance to BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, and it was the funniest thing I've ever seen.

"But at the same time I was nodding my head and smiling and rocking. It was the same reaction that people get when they see us for the first time.

"Straight after that we decided to form this band."

29/09/2003 21:04