The Darkness rhythm guitarist Dan Hawkins was interviewed by Guitar World, and during their conversation, he expressed his thoughts on two iconic bands, Thin Lizzy and ABBA. Also, he claimed that Thin Lizzy influenced one of ABBA’s songs why he believes this.
Thin Lizzy was founded in 1969, and since then, the band has been known for combining different genres such as blues, soul music, psychedelic rock, and traditional Irish folk music in their records. According to Hawkins, their harmonized guitar sounds drew not only his but also ABBA’s attention years ago.
ABBA released their self-titled third studio album on April 21, 1975, and the Darkness guitarist thinks that one of its songs, ‘Mamma Mia,’ embraced Thin Lizzy’s style, which uses a harmonized opening guitar line. However, he admitted that it wasn’t his favorite ABBA record, even though he liked this way of playing.
Dan Hawkins added that he always aimed to use this harmony between the sounds while creating his own solos as a successful guitarist. He showed The Darkness song entitled ‘Love Is Only A Feeling,’ released in the band’s debut studio album, ‘Permission to Land,’ as an example of his style.
Hawkins said in his interview that:
“An example of that, though not my favorite ABBA song, is ‘Mamma Mia.‘ The opening guitar line in that is very solidly harmonized with itself in a very Thin Lizzy way. And in ABBA songs when it comes to the lead part, it’s almost always harmonized.
So when it came to doing a solo myself, I would always do that. I like to bolster them with harmonies – you’ll hear that in the middle section of ‘Love Is Only A Feeling,’ it’s the fanfare kind of thing. I like to end my solos with a harmonized fanfare.”
You can listen to the songs below.