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Broadway Recording Company is proud to announce the digital release of Classics & Classics 2 & Classics 3. Each are 50-song digital anthologies of the very best Darlington songs. Scroll down for links & info on all things Darlington-related.
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Darlington has recorded and released a ton of digital, CD, vinyl, and compilation releases on a variety of indie record labels in the US and Europe. He has toured Europe and the US many times. He has collaborated with well-known artists such as Bowling for Soup and performed concerts with many other popular artists as well, such as Lagwagon, the Click Five, the US Bombs, Rev Horton Heat, Teen Idols, Lillingtons, NY Loose, Hagfish, The Queers, Agent Orange, British all-girl band Fluffy, and two appearances on the Vans Warped tour. Darlington’s releases and concerts have received critical acclaim from much of the press, praise from fans, and radio play across the globe, including spins from Ryan Seacrest, Howard Stern and Rodney Bigenheimer. Darlington has performed at countless concert venues both big and small, including famous venues such as New York’s CBGB as well as on-campus at Texas A&M university, and even two shows at a Texas mental hospital.
Although Darlington has composed a wide variety of material, he is best-known and gained most of his popularity for fun, silly tongue-in-cheek “pop-punk” styled songs that embraced or poked fun at popular culture, or both. Many songs deal with serious subject matter or his personal life, while others were written about famous people, or were silly, obnoxious punk rock or sweater rock style songs.
Darlington has covered many well-known songs including versions of the Selena hit Como La Flor and the Olivia Newton-John/ELO song Xanadu.
Darlington has modeled for fashion photographers, appeared in magazines and newspapers and also modeled at fashion shows. Darlington worked for Harper’s Bazaar Magazine in New York City.
Additional information can be found on Darlington’s Wikipedia page.
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1998 Article on 2nd mental hospital concert in the Dallas ObserverTour dates
Darlington’s first novel, entitled Babycakes, is now available in both paperback and digital for Kindle on Amazon! It’s gotten rave reviews! This wonderful work of fiction is a modern, crazy epic! Read it and make up your own mind!
Paperback link: Babycakes paperback!
Kindle edition: Babycakes for Kindle!
Reviews of Babycakes:
" I had trouble setting it down and went on a reading-binge until I finished it… musicians can drool over the countless song references … any fashionista would love the high-fashion references strewn throughout this torridly delish novel. Overall, this book made me laugh and cry and kept me interested as the twists kept coming ‘til the very last page. I’m profoundly impressed by this author’s writing and think that if you’re a reader looking for something new, edgy, tumultuous, gripping, and bitter sweet, where you can’t help but hate to love all the characters and wish they were real … then you very much must pick up this book! "
"…we are treated to the infectiously entertaining account of the rock-n-roll protagonist known only as "Babycakes" and her band of sweet and tender hooligans Franky, Mr. Shankly, this is one of the best novels I have ever read - sweet as a Jolly Rancher, fresh as a squirt of Binaca, cool as a greased-up pompadour and classy as a Gretsch White Falcon. Buy your copy today, you will not be disappointed. I’d say more, but….why don’t you find out for yourself? "
Reviews of Darlington from the press & the fans!:
"God bless Darlington. Every town, every music scene, needs its own solid traditionalist punk act—a three-chord, just-for-the-hell-of-it rocker bent on tight melodies. In a world brimming with self-serious musicians aspiring to questionable artistic greatness, Darlington comes off like a really good, really greasy cheeseburger after a night of hard drinking: necessary and satisfying." -Dallas Observer
"…as sugary sweet as enjoying an overflowing bubblegum-flavoured snow cone on a scorching hot Texas summer afternoon…and I adore it!" -soundtrack to a heartbreak beat blog
"…bash and pop with a sound and humor similar to Nerf Herder and Screeching Weasel…you’re damn right it’s preposterous…look out behind you, Darlington’s about to give you an astro wedgie!" -johnny loftus/buyCDnow dot com
"…this record is just Rad. I especially like "House Pet" (I guarantee it will have you singing "I’m a house pet"!) and "Baltimore", inviting you to twist and clap along to a song about sexual asphyxiation. If you can’t dance to this record you must be missing your legs!" -Gail Worley Ink19 Magazine
"An awesome live recording from a classic artist. Two Ramones covers, some songs from "Girltroversy", some songs from "Split", and some older material. Also throw in an unreleased song (this song is now on "Texas punk rock sweethearts" 7 inch on She’s gone records). This has pretty good sound quality for a live recording. 20 minutes of nonsense-lyric songs, and dumb jokes by one of the best pop punk artists of our time! This is a must-buy!!" -eight and three quarters rock and roll magazine
"…absolutely mind-boggling! …a hurricane of snarling, frantic, destroy-society angst that brings to mind Rancid, Screeching Weasel and even the Sex Pistols… the songs have an underbelly of Ramones-style pop-punk which makes them stick in your head. I guarantee it’ll make you want to run out with your skateboard and start breaking shit…the sort of sound that non-punk fans have in their head when they hear the term "punk rock", and that’s what will make it so appealing to you…" -Urotsukidoji’s reviews
"Darlington’s 1998 full-length, "Girltroversy", is still in my faves pile by my CD player…for dippy, boppy music with sweet-n-inane lyrics, you just can’t beat Darlington…there’s a song called "Joe Queer sucks" (continuing the fine tradition of The Queers "Ben Weasel (he’s an asshole)", and songs like "Bowling Betty", "Boobs, Boobs, Boobs", "Superspazz", and a pretty awful cover of "Xanadu" to keep your head bobbing (and reaching for the lyric sheet to find out "did he really say that?"). Get Darlington opening slots on a couple of Vandals/Guttermouth/Queers tours and punkpoppers with a taste for the sweet-n-goofy will discover what a lucky few of us know, this stuff is great!" -Lollipop magazine
"Darlington and I have an odd relationship. We started out desperately in lust as the now-classic "Girltroversy" landed in my mangled brain at the height of my obsessive tryst with ‘90’s pop-punk…huge hooks, irreverent lyrics, a heavy dose of buzz-laden sugar-coated guitar wallop, and more hooks; pulled me under and sloshed me around for months on end…insanely, insatiably, and immediately infectious…you’ll be swinging off the walls with a line of sugar-soaked drool running all over your grinning face. This thing has pop-punk hits out the ass: "Gretchen’s gotta dance" (a manic, ass-shaking ode to a dancing fiend)… so familiar it’s ridiculous, so much fun it’s a crime…completely infectious, poppy and toe-tapping…I can crank my favorite Darlington songs while cruising the strip…the unfathomably catchy "Superspazz"… foot-tapping tunes; pins ad needles guitar leads; snotty, sneering, sugar-coated vocalizations…" -Vinyl A Go-Go
"Sweet…I ought stop craving more "Girltroversy" (yeah, right!), "Girltroversy" was crisp and clean, energetic and kinda silly, supplying both the riffs you wanna jam along with and the lyrics you wanna memorize. Lyrically, Darlington still whips out the sarcasm and the cheese dip ("I wanna make out, paint my fingernails glitter and kiss kiss smoochy smooch"), name-drop the cool bands left and right, and writes a "let’s hook up" song to Donna A. using the Donnas’ own song titles as lyrics… the simple fact that Darlington based a song on Back to the future’s classic McFly-ism "I want to be your density" shows Darlington’s still got it." -Lollipop magazine
"Christy Darlington’s sound bears more than a striking resemblance to a young Duane Peters and the Exploding Fuck Dolls in particular. So like that comparison implies, this is snotty, attitude driven punk rock with more than a few skateboarding anthems…while the record leads off with speedy buzzsaw guitars and a middle finger held straight out of the late ‘70’s, Darlington’s skill as a pop songwriter really emerges later on slower material like "Oxygen" and "Euthanise me". There’s a rough-hewn charm to these tracks, an awkward outcast feel borrowed with respect from Mr. Costello that manifests itself all over the album…followed by the blazing "Tarantula", a minute and a half of authentic sounding ‘80’s style hardcore, only to lead into another cut of sweet pop-punk. The record changes gears more than a few times and it gives the album life and enough dynamics to keep it from ever falling into a pattern…Darlington harkens back to what authentic pop-punk should sound like" -Punknews
"Bubblegummy to the max…catchy…has the right attitude…I particularly like the lyrics to many of these tunes. Neat." -Babysue magazine
"…Darlington plays punk rock for people whose idea of "old-school" punk extends further back than Blink-182… "Louder than Morrissey" (bonus points go to Darlington for the title) has the astringent sound made famous by two-minute heroes like the Ramones and the Buzzcocks. What you get here is lotsa clever, hook-laden songwriting, buzzsaw guitars, four-on-the-floor drums, and serviceable vocals…" -Fort Worth Weekly
"I was thoroughly impressed with the song selection and sound quality…this CD could be a hoppy, boppy bubblegum punk soundtrack for any punk rock prom…damn is he an entertaining songwriter!" -Mohawk Radio
"…another fun release of pop punk from the pen and guitar of Christy Brigitte Darlington. Pure pop punk; full of hooks and fun lead guitar work, occasionally goofy lyrics, and more than a few songs about girls…a fair amount of snot, plenty of hooks, and a lot of fun…the songs are top notch." -Shredding Paper Magazine
"I’m a total sucker for Darlington’s sweet flavor of mid-‘90’s punkpop about girls (think Descendents "Silly Girl"…). Like mid-‘90’s Screeching Weasel and The Queers, the bubblegum punk is irresistible, naively sweet and perfect…While I hate to be the one who gripes that they like the old stuff better, Girltroversy was a near-perfect album (for Darlington or anyone else), and every other release since has been judged based on how close it comes to that gem." -Lollipop Magazine
"…another album full of purely uplifting power pop/punk…Moron-a-thon is a wonderfully catchy lil’ album…much of it sounding amazingly like the Young Fresh Fellows in their prime. The guitars are loud buzzsaws…the rhythms direct and unrelenting…and the vocals have just the right amount of attitude and sloppiness to make the whole thing click like flying saucers at midnight…quality melodies. The lyrics are sometimes funny…often seeming like entries from a personal diary. Ten great little cuts guaranteed to make your granny proud…great stuff!" -Babysue Magazine
"I was absolutely astonished when I first heard this album. It is one of the best albums I have ever heard in my life!" -Amazon customer review
"This is a spectacular CD. It’s like Green Day’s Dookie mixed with Rancid." -Amazon customer review
"THIS IS NOTHING COMPARED TO GIRLTROVERSY, but this is still an excellent Darlington album. The best songs are "Sugar Fix", "Marcia Brady", and the classic, "Holly". Darlington is arguably the best pop-punk artist out there today." -interpunk dot com review
"This is THE most important CD in my whole collection. It changed the way I look at music, and proved to me that someone is actually out there making the music I always dreamed existed. This is the reason I listen to music…an album with perfect songs all the way through. Music just doesn’t get any better than this in my opinion. Nothing compares to the songs on this little white CD. This gets like 21 stars out of 5." -interpunk dot com customer review
"Another great Darlington album, from the ‘50’s malt-shop vibe on "Gretchen’s gotta dance", to the classic "Superspazz", you really can’t go wrong with "Louder than Morrissey"…" -interpunk.com customer review
"I love this album…every song is a sugar coated hit! It’s actually so good I bought it again…I saw Darlington on tour at the Elvis Room and instantly fell in love!" -interpunk dot com customer review
"Darlington rocks. Enough said, and I’ve been a fan for awhile…this is a must-have. The humor, hooks, and great pop-punk are all there. Highly recommended." -interpunk dot com customer review
"…"Moron-a-thon" has to be my favorite. "Chelsea" and "21 Park Lane" are my favorite Darlington songs of all time. I don’t care how poppy "Pajama party" is, I love it! Darlington is at his best on this album…"Moron-a-thon" puts you in a good mood, and is always a good listen. Straight up good times music. Play it loud, and let the good times roll!" -interpunk dot com customer review
"Darlington has been releasing incredible CDs for years now…one of my favorites…You can’t go wrong picking up any of the Darlington CDs. I highly suggest picking up all Darlington releases. Darlington is cool. He is hip. He is what your friends have been telling you about for years so now it’s time for you to discover one of the greatest out there today!" -interpunk dot com customer review
“I met Christy [Darlington] in Denton,TX at a Queers show. Steve and Christy came up to me at the merch table and said they were from Mess-a band I listened to. I immediately started singing the chorus to “Marcia Brady” which was a cool song in the Screeching Weasel vein. At the time there were millions of bands sounding like Screeching Weasel but Mess always had songs that were better than most. Christy’s stuff is always interesting and he tries to move ahead in songwriting which is something most bands and songwriters in this scene never do. It’s a lonely road ‘cause kids just want you to write the same old shit and Christy is still doing new stuff all the time. Another thing I admire about him is he pisses a lot of people off, which is totally punk rock in my book. It’s so easy to gladhand everyone and try to make everyone love you but Christy isn’t concerned with that which is refreshing in this day and age of pop punk… That ain’t my friend Christy’s style, thank God… out of all the people at that show in Denton back in 1994 Christy is probably the only one who is still around and if that ain’t punk, then nothing is.” –Joe Queer, singer/guitarist of The Queers
“I was hooked from the first moment I heard Darlington. Christy has really influenced me because his love for music always glows through his songs time after time.Christy is very driven and nothing can stop him. He is an amazing musician.When I first met Christy we immediately hit it off. It felt like we had been friends forever.To me one of the best things about playing in a punk band is getting to meet and make friends with great musicians like Christy Darlington.” –Ren, guitarist for The Sweethearts (Austin band)
“When Christy invited me to record a duet with him, “The Sweetest Kiss”, it really meant a lot to me. I don’t know if Christy realized that I was such a huge fan of his music and that he was such an inspiration to me. Christy is an amazing talent and he has a heart of gold. He is a very sincere and unique individual.” –Linette Liendo, singer of The Sweethearts (Austin band)
“I first became aware of Christy’s music from the pre-Darlington Mess Pretty Ugly cd. It was randomly sent to me in the mail by the guy who ran a label I was signed to. I couldn’t put it down and it remains an absolute classic to me to this day. A couple years later, I was looking through an issue of MRR for the express purpose of seeing if there were any reviews of my band in it and I noticed an ad on the side of one of the pages for an album called Girltroversy from an artist called Darlington. This didn’t do anything for me until I noticed a caption to the side that read, “formerly known as Mess.”… Girltroversy became (and still is, for that matter) my favorite album of 1998. Each and every song is great. I love the production, the performances, the artwork and the silly lyrics. The next year, I was contacted by a label out of New York City called Melted Records. They wanted to know if I was willing to be on a split cd with an artist I probably had never heard of called Darlington. Except that I HAD heard of them and was excited about it. It was an absolute yes for me… Melted Records asked if we would cover one of Darlington’s songs for it. Judy Jetson was selected and our singer Mikey wrote 3 new songs for it. A few months later, we were contacted by Melted Records. They were putting on a concert in NYC and asked if we would play. They had arranged for Darlington to play also. A month or so later we arrived in NYC and I finally got to meet this artist called Darlington that I had been manically listening to for the past several years. It was a cool show and the guys were totally nice. 6 months later Melted contacted me about touring with Darlington to promote the Split. It was a no-brainer for me or for the rest of band, for that matter. We let ‘em know we were down and a few months later, what ended up being my favorite tour of my career began. I watched Darlington perform each and every night of that tour. I never got tired of it either. To my surprise, Christy was watchin’ us every night, too. A very real friendship between Christy and I began on that tour and that friendship endures to this day. We are very different people and yet we are so much the same. We have a genuine love and respect for each other and I can honestly say I am grateful.” – Cliffy Huntington
“I had gone to see The Queers at the Elvis Room in Portsmouth, NH. I believe it was late winter/early spring of 1998. The opener was Darlington. I had never heard of Darlington before…and judging by the goth-like picture on the tour poster, I was not expecting to be into his music. That all changed by the time the chorus hit on the first song of his set. I bought both albums they were selling and fell in love with Darlington. In the next year or so I had gotten to see him play a couple times. My band was even booked with him, but I was out of town at the time and missed the show… What I did know of Christy was that the man knew how to write the most perfect 2 minute pop/punk songs. Just take a listen to ‘Girltroversy’ and try to tell me different. Catchy, sweet, funny, dirty and full of name dropping. He really has a style all his own…and it works. My first time talking with Christy was at the Continental in NYC on the Darlington / Huntingtons tour in 2000. I remember sitting next to him at the bar and chit-chatting for a few minutes about whatever. I don’t know if he would even remember, but he put on one hell of a show that night. Fast forward to the summer of ’04. My band was playing a small tour with Darlington and Johnie 3… Some one I look up to in the world of music. To say Christy is a character is almost an understatement. He’s easy to love and can almost just as easily get under your skin. It’s hard to tell sometimes if he takes himself seriously, but when it comes down to it Christy does what he wants and could give a shit less what you or anyone else thinks about it. For that I admire him greatly. He is the real thing…sex, drugs, rock and roll. He can be sleazy, cheesy, and downright rude (just listen to the song ATM ) and not even think twice about it. He has a vibrant personality and charm about him that makes you just love being around him. Could it be that one-liner that just makes you laugh…or makes no sense… Maybe it’s the fact that he has written some of the greatest pop/punk songs of all time. Being a fan of Christy’s music for many years, having the chance to hangout and talk with him is just awesome. We have rocked the stage together many times, including CBGB in NYC. We also share an endorsement with Daisy Rock guitars. These are all great things, but most of all I have much respect for his accomplishments and our friendship.” —Jason Gauvin, singer/guitarist of The Prozacs
“I first met Christy nearly a decade ago. It was 2000 when my best friend, Perla, and I were booking a few shows for The Huntingtons. They were on tour with another band that they put out a split CD with called Darlington (the album itself was also called “Split”). It didn’t take long for Perla, Christy, and I to bond over a common love of sugary-glittery things, and of course, The Ramones. Years later and Darlington is still at it, putting the best bubblegum-pop punk music out there, with or without a band. Each addictive album is like a diary of experiences, from make-out parties to pajama parties, from driving around in a Corolla to dedicating love songs to beautiful girls. It’s as sweet as candy and always leaves you wanting more. Christy has always had my hearfelt admiration for being true to himself and to his fans. He’s never been afraid of singing or doing whatever he felt and he displays rejection letters from record companies in his CD artwork. He’s travelled the world playing shows everywhere, even mental hospitals, leaving fans with the most catchy pop ditties in the world swirling in their heads. Darlington is an icon of all the best, syrupy, and amazing things in this world. He reminds us how good life can be when you sing about it while strummung a pretty, pink guitar.” – Simon Tam, Guitarist and member of The Slants
2 song split 7 inch EP with The Mullens on Direct Hit Records (Mess) (Dallas)
“Sugar Fix” single on Tales from the edge vol 11 The Edge FM radio station compilation CD (Mess)
“Butt-in-ski” single on Dallas Observer scene heard vol 2 compilation CD (Mess)
"Playmate" single release on "Texas Style" compilation CD
"Pretty Ugly” full length CD on Last Beat Records (Mess) (Dallas)
2 song split 7 inch vinyl EP with 22 Jacks on Last Beat Records (Mess) (Dallas)
“Red Hot” Motley Crue cover song on “Come on feel the metal” compilation CD
“Brain Dead” single on old skars and upstarts compilation CD release on Disaster Records (Los Angeles) (Mess)
"Girltroversy” full length CD on Last Beat Records (Darlington) (Dallas)
“Time Warp” on “Absolute pleasure” Rocky Horror Picture Show Tribute compilation cd
“Infection” single on Old skars and upstarts vol. 3 compilation CD release on Disaster Records (Los Angeles)
"Judy Jetson" single release on Dos Sensenseos compilation CD (Clandestine Project)
"Mess You up” full length CD on Melted Records (New York)
"Six" single release on "My so-called punk rock life" compilation on Melted Records
"Superspazz" single release on "Garage nights" Lazertrax compilation CD
“Texas punk rock sweethearts” 4 song 7 inch vinyl EP on She’s Gone Records (Denton)
“Split” full length CD release with the Huntingtons on Melted Records (New York)
“Split” full length 12 inch vinyl release w/ The Huntingtons on Stardumb Records(Netherlands)
“Bowling Betty” 3 song 7 inch vinyl EP on Mutant Pop Records (Oregon)
“Live Dallas 1999” full length CD on Mutant Pop Records (Oregon)
“X-mas” single release on “Electric ornaments” idol records christmas compilation CD
"Mustang ranch" single release on "Transylvania style punk rock" compilation on Worn out Records
"NASA" single release on "United punks vol. 1" compilation R.U.T. Records
"Superspazz" single release on Lollipop Magazine issue #61 MP3 comp CD
“Louder than Morrissey” 12 inch vinyl/CD full length album on Stardumb Records (Netherlands)
“Picabo Street” 2 song 7 inch vinyl 45 single on X Records (Los Angeles)
"Swing Shift" single Release on "R.A.F.R. Vol. 3" compilation
"Lust-n-Love” 4 song 7 inch vinyl Ep on Three Kings Records (Germany) (feat. the songs "infection", "sniff you out", "Love", and "Shiloh")
“Louder than Morrissey” full length CD release on End Records (Austin TX)
2 song 7 inch vinyl EP with the High School Dropouts on Daytime Dilemma Records (Italy)
"All the wrong moves” full length CD album on Whoa Oh Records (New York)
“Lucky Girl” single on AMP magazine pop punk compilation CD 2 songs on MP300 compilation CD by Go-Kart Records (New York)
“El Choppo” 2 song 7 inch vinyl Ep with Johnie 3 on Wide Stance Records (Ohio)
“Moron-a-thon” full length CD album on Stardumb Records (Netherlands)
“Live at CBGB” full length download only album on Endsounds (Austin)
"Dorkin’ Around" single release on compilation "Punk vs Emo" on Fastmusic
"Perfect" single release on Yuppiefest Comp.
“Euthanize Me” full length CD album on Disaster Records (Los Angeles)
“Shut up and skate” on Assassination City Roller Derby “Watch your head Vol 2” compilation CD
"Shut up and skate" single release on Lollipop magazine issue #67 mp3 compilation
“Skate or split” single on “Punk rock high school int.” CD compilation on FM Molchit records (Moscow, Russia)
“X-mas” single release on “Countdown to christmas” compilation CD/12 inch vinyl on Three Kings Records (Germany)
"Ocelots" single release on "A peek from the unknown" compilation on Oldhouse Records
"No Dress Code" single release on "Punk Rock Mix Tape" compilation on Fastmusic
“Sex” full length CD album release on Fastmusic (Connecticut)
“Live Dallas 2007” full length CD album release (indie, Dallas)
"January" single release on "Barfights and brokenhearts" compilation (punkrockreview.org release)
“indoor-outdoor luxury BBQ” mini-anthology CD release (indie, Dallas)
"Lucky girl" ("Live Dallas 2007" version) single release on "Where the fun never sets vol. 2" compilation on Cabana One Records
2 song 7 inch vinyl EP w/ Teenage Bubblegums on Knowhere records (Michigan) & making Believe Records, Voodoo Doll Records & Tornado Ride Records (all Italy)
“Rock-n-Roll” mini-anthology digital release (indie, Dallas)
“Pop singles” mini-anthology digital release (indie, Dallas)
"SUV" ("Sex" version) single release on "Open 24 hours" compilation on Diner Junkie Records
“Hot 100” full lengnth digital release (indie, Dallas)
“You little charmer” 3-song maxi-single digital release (indie, Dallas)
“Heartache” full length digital release (indie, Dallas)
“Sunglasses&Sugar” full length digital album release (indie, Dallas)
"Deep Ellum Horror Story" single release on "Wish you were here…love, Deep Ellum" compilation
"Vuvuzuelas" full length CD/Digital release (as Sunglasses&Sugar) on Broadway Recording Co.
"Tinsel Tree" 3-song maxi-single CD/Digital (as Sunglasses&Sugar) on Broadway Recording Co.
"Classics" 50-song digital anthology released by Broadway Recording Co.
"Classics 2" 50-song digital anthology released by Broadway Recording Co.
"Classics 3" 50-song digital anthology released by Broadway Recording Co.