Retro rockers THE DARKNESS' self-perpetuated hell-raising reputation has been blown apart by a mole, who alleges the band are boring backstage.

The I BELIEVE IN A THING CAN LOVE stars, who pride themselves on their raucous antics, claim they swig bourbon before taking to the stage for one of their flamboyant live performances - however, according to a source, the fourpiece are actually consummate professionals.

They report, "Their pre-performance routine involves nothing more outrageous than scoffing a few bananas and having a vocal warm up."

22/09/2003 13:34