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Savage Garden

Australian pop duo Savage Garden have taken the world by storm without the record company hype and career-establishing game plan that is often the background for pop-oriented acts.

Daniel Jones comes from a long line of musicians. When he was ten, he was already playing the keyboard and drums in bars and hotels. Darren Hayes' show business experience extended no further than his involvement in many school plays. When Jones and the band he'd started with his brothers advertised for a singer, the inexperienced but enthusiastic Hayes was the only hopeful to answer. He wasn't what was needed for a covers band playing the Gold Coast resort area of Queensland, but Hayes inspired a different flame in Jones and the pair broke away to start writing original songs.

Calling themselves Crush, they sent 150 demo tapes all over the world and waited patiently for replies. The only positive response came from Australian music identity John Woodruff, who had previously managed the Angels and baby Animals. Woodruff secured a deal with film distributor Roadshow's record label offshoot, an independent distributed by Warners with no proven track record. He put the duo in the studio with Australian producer Charles Fisher, who had previously created international breakthrough hits for Air Supply and Moving Pictures. The first single, "I Want You," released in July 1996, reached number two behind the dance craze hit "Macarena," but was followed by consecutive number ones with "To the Moon and Back" and "Truly Madly Deeply." When the self-titled debut album was released in April 1997 it entered the charts at number one and notched up 13 weeks at the top, the third longest stay for any Australian-made album. In the meantime, a Dallas radio station had started playing "I Want You" and the duo was signed to Sony's Columbia imprint. "I Want You" and "Truly Madly Deeply became worldwide hits, the latter achieving number one in the U.S. in January 1998. The album sold 11 million copies globally and earned Savage Garden ten Australian ARIA Awards.

Affirmation Hayes and Jones dealt with their success in their individual ways. Singer Hayes amicably ended his marriage, moved to a New York apartment, and rubbed shoulders with his peers. Daniel Jones stayed in Brisbane wishing he could just write songs and make music in the studio. The second album, Affirmation, was basically written by phone and computer from their separate corners of the world. The album was produced in Los Angeles by award-winning Walter Afanasieff, known for his work with artists such as Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, and Barbra Streisand. In January 2000, the album's lead-off single "I Knew I Loved You" gave Savage Garden its second U.S. number one.

Savage Garden was an Australian pop duo consisting of Darren Hayes as vocalist and Daniel Jones as instrumentalist. Formed in Logan City, Queensland in 1994, the duo achieved international success in the late 1990s and early 2000s with the number-one hit singles "I Want You", "To the Moon and Back", "Truly Madly Deeply", "The Animal Song" and "I Knew I Loved You". Their two studio albums, Savage Garden and Affirmation reached number one in Australia and peaked in the top ten in both the United Kingdom and United States.

The group won a record number of ten ARIA Music Awards in 1997 for their debut album and its related singles. They disbanded in 2001 and Hayes continued as a solo artist.

In January 1998, "All Around Me", a sixth single,was released just as the band kicked off their worldwide tour in Cairns ,Australia. By the end of the year,"Truly Maddly Deeply" was the most-played song on US radio and the only one-side single to spend a full year in the Top 30 of the Billboard Hot 100.
In October 2001,Savage Garden officially announced their break-up and the duo went there separate ways.Darren Hayes began work on his first solo album.The first single"Insatiable",was released in 2002 and the album,Spin was released the same year.
A teenage Kirsten Dunst appeared in the music video for "I Knew I Loved You"(1999) as the object of Darren Hayes's affection.
The Savage Garden fanclub-was run by Daniel Jones,family members and friends. Membership(which was a yearly subscription to the Savage Garden fanzine)and merchandise were available from the fanclub website,and it was possible for non-members to buy certain items without the membership discount.
In June 1994,Darren and Daniel left Red Edge to pursue a career together.The new duo was named"Savage Garden"-a name taken from"The vampire Chronicles" by Ann Rice(Then mind of each man is a savage garden...)of which Darren was a fan.
In January 1998, "Truly Madly Deeply" hit number one in the U.S, pushing record sales to over 11 million worldwide.

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I Want You
To the Moon and Back
Truly Madly Deeply

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