Savage Garden Blooms Again 11-05-2005 14:54

With sales of over 23-million copies, the Australian pop outfit "Savage Garden" is one of the most successful duos of all time. Four years after splitting-up, "Truly Madly Completely - The Best Of Savage Garden" celebrates the global impact of this short-lived group.

Emerging from the musical outback of Brisbane, the rise of Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones began thanks to word-of-mouth rather than record company spin.

They released their self-titled debut album in 1997 and soon took the world by storm with three global hits: "I Want You","To The Moon And Back" and the record-breaking "Truly Madly Deeply", which topped the American Billboard charts for over two months.

But suddenly the Savage Garden meteoric rise was snuffed out when Daniel Jones left the combo. Darren Hayes threw some light on the less than amicable split.

Darren Hayes of Savage Garden said, "We were about a week away from releasing the second record when he just dropped this bombshell on everyone and he said 'I can't do this anymore' and at the time, selfishly I thought about myself, I remember thinking 'you are going to ruin my career, what am I going to do?', I couldn't imagine not continuing on. But when you love someone you want them to be happy and I can tell you those eight months of the world tour, when he knew that he was going to leave at the end of it, it was the happiest memories I have of him."

The new album also includes two new singles by Hayes. "So Beautiful" was released a week ago. The singer is happy to admit that the new love song is autobiographical.

He also said, "I haven't been able to write a love song for five years for a reason and I think that when you are lucky enough to find love you do want to shout it from the roof tops. I was listening to John Lennon songs like 'Beautiful Boy' and 'Woman' and his love for Yoko Ono, there was a simplicity to that and in the song writing and in the production and that's definitely where 'So Beautiful' came from for me."

The Best Of CD, "Truly Madly Completely - The Best Of Savage Garden", will be released on next Monday worldwide. Darren Hayes has a third solo album set for release next New Year.

Editor:Liu Fengming

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