One Way Ticket to Hell... and Back

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One Way Ticket to Hell ...and Back
Cover art
Studio album by The Darkness
Released 28 November 2005
Recorded 2005
Genre Hard rock, glam rock
Length 35:04
Label Atlantic
Producer Roy Thomas Baker
The Darkness chronology
Permission to Land
One Way Ticket to Hell ...and Back
Hot Cakes
Singles from One Way Ticket to Hell... and Back
  1. "One Way Ticket to Hell"
    Released: 14 November 2005
  2. "Is It Just Me?"
    Released: 13 February 2006
  3. "Girlfriend"
    Released: 22 May 2006
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 68/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]
Alternative Press 5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly D+[3]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[4]
The Observer 3/5 stars[5]
Pitchfork Media 6.5/10[6]
PopMatters 8/10 stars[7]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[8]
Spin A-[9]
Tiny Mix Tapes 0/5[10]

One Way Ticket to Hell ...and Back is the second album by British rock band The Darkness. It was released on 28 November 2005 through Atlantic Records (see 2005 in music) and reached platinum status in the UK. The first single from the album, "One Way Ticket", reached number 8 on the UK Singles Chart, as did the second single "Is It Just Me?" Bassist, Frankie Poullain, has said that "Hazel Eyes" is his favourite track on the record, citing, "I defy anyone after a couple of beverages to listen to "Hazel Eyes" standing up and NOT get the Michael Flatleys." Poullain was already familiar with six of the ten songs on the album, playing "Hazel Eyes", "Dinner Lady Arms", "Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time" and "English Country Garden" on tour with the band before his departure. He also co-wrote four of the tracks featured on the album. The working title for the album was The Painstaking. Most bass parts on the album are played by Dan Hawkins, following the departure of Frankie Poullain. Reviews for the album were mixed. Q magazine proclaimed it the 22nd best album of 2005. However Planet Sound remarked how it was the "world's most expensive penis joke", regarding the costly delay of the album. In an interview with The Sun, Dan said that it cost £1 million to make.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Justin Hawkins and Dan Hawkins except where noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "One Way Ticket"   Hawkins, Hawkins, Frankie Poullain 4:26
2. "Knockers"   Hawkins, Hawkins, Poullain 2:43
3. "Is It Just Me?"   Hawkins, Hawkins, Poullain 3:05
4. "Dinner Lady Arms"     3:16
5. "Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time"   Hawkins, Hawkins, Poullain 3:34
6. "Hazel Eyes"     3:25
7. "Bald"   Hawkins, Hawkins, Ed Graham 5:31
8. "Girlfriend"     2:33
9. "English Country Garden"     3:06
10. "Blind Man"     3:25

Other tracks[edit]

  • "Wanker" (B-side to "One Way Ticket") (J. Hawkins/D. Hawkins) – 3:00
  • "Grief Hammer" (B-side to "One Way Ticket") (J. Hawkins/D. Hawkins) – 3:12
  • "Shake (Like a Lettuce Leaf)" (B-side to "Is It Just Me?") (J. Hawkins/D. Hawkins) – 3:18
  • "Shit Ghost" (B-side to "Is It Just Me?") (J. Hawkins/D. Hawkins) – 3:10


  • Justin Hawkins – Lead/backing vocals; lead/rhythm guitars; piano; Hammond organ; Mini-moog; synths; sitar
  • Dan Hawkins – Rhythm/lead guitars; bass guitars; tubular bells; marching drums; tambourine; triangle; backing vocals
  • Ed Graham – Drums
  • Richie Edwards – Bass guitars; backing vocals (touring member)

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Freddy Gomez – pan flute on "One Way Ticket"
  • Stuart Cassells – bagpipes on "Hazel Eyes"


  1. ^ a b "One Way Ticket To Hell... And Back Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Phares, Heather. One Way Ticket to Hell...And Back: The Darkness at AllMusic. Retrieved 13 July 2011.
  3. ^ Endelman, Michael (2 December 2005). "One Way Ticket to Hell... And Back Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Petridis, Alexis (25 November 2005). "The Darkness, One Way Ticket to Hell ... and Back". The The Guardian. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 
  5. ^ Boden, Sarah (15 October 2005). "The Darkness, One Way Ticket to Hell ... and Back". The Observer. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 
  6. ^ Mitchum, Rob (28 November 2005). "The Darkness: One Way Ticket to Hell...and Back". Pitchfork. Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
  7. ^ Marchese, David (14 December 2005). "The Darkness: One Way Ticket to Hell...and Back". PopMatters. Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
  8. ^ Fricke, David (28 November 2005). "The Darkness: One Way Ticket To Hell...and Back". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 7 October 2007. Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
  9. ^ Dec 2005. Spin. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  10. ^ "The Darkness Music Review". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 

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