This is great: a US duo topping the UK pop chart this Christmas. What makes it even better is that it beat out the usual UK pop tripe, although The Darkness is kind of entertaining. I loved the Tears for Fears Mad World remake when I first heard it in 2001 on the Donnie Darko soundtrack. It only came to the attention of the masses with the help of internet word-of-mouth and MP3 trading. Even more surprising is that it has one of the worst videos I’ve ever seen, mainly just a head shot of the dorky singer singing it with a dorky hat, so that didn’t help sell records. And sure it’s a dark, gloomy song, but so much classier than the usual teenie bopper and pop idol crap competing for the tops in the pops.

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