The Darkness's Dan Hawkins on his love for ABBA

Dan Hawkins and Abba
(Image credit: Will Ireland/Future; Peter Bischoff/Getty Images)

It was when they were kids in the '80s that Dan Hawkins and his older brother Justin discovered the pop genius of ABBA

And in the early 2000s, when their own band The Darkness made it big, they scored a huge hit with Love Is Only A Feeling, a power ballad in which Dan replicated the amazing acoustic guitar sound in one of ABBA’s classic songs. “People don’t even think about it,” Dan says, “but the guitars in ABBA play a major role...”

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month**

Join now for unlimited access

US pricing $3.99 per month or $39.00 per year

UK pricing £2.99 per month or £29.00 per year 

Europe pricing €3.49 per month or €34.00 per year

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Prices from £2.99/$3.99/€3.49

Paul Elliott

Content Editor at Total Guitar and freelance writer for Classic Rock since 2005, Paul Elliott has worked for leading music titles since 1985, including Sounds, Kerrang!, MOJO and Q. He is the author of several books including the first biography of Guns N’ Roses and autobiography of bodyguard-to-the-stars Danny Francis, and has written liner notes for classic album reissues by artists such as Def Leppard, Thin Lizzy and Kiss. He lives in Bath, UK – of which David Coverdale recently said, “How very Roman of you!”