Sunday, February 24, 2008

Savage Garden

Savage Garden was an Australian pop duo that enjoyed major international success between 1997 and 2000. The band was composed of Darren Hayes (vocals) and Daniel Jones (keyboards, sequencing, and guitar). They had a string of hits in the late nineties, and are best remembered today for their ballad "Truly Madly Deeply", which is considered their signature song and songs "To the Moon and Back", "I Knew I Loved You", "I Want You and "Affirmation".

In 1993, multi-instrumentalist and producer Daniel Jones placed an advertisement in Brisbane newspaper Time Off seeking a vocalist for his five-piece band Red Edge. Darren Hayes, who was studying at a university in Brisbane at the time, responded and was asked to join immediately after his first audition.
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 Anne Rice ("The mind of each man is a savage garden...") of which Darren was a fan.
By the end of that year, the pair had penned enough songs for a demo tape, which they sent to various record companies around the world. In 1995, they entered the studio to work on their eponymous debut album.

Truly Madly Completely
The greatest hits package Truly Madly Completely: The Best of Savage Garden was released on November 7, 2005 – with a US release following in early 2006 – and included a new single by Darren Hayes entitled "So Beautiful". The collection contained the hits from both studio albums, alongside five B-Sides and two new songs by Darren Hayes. Several variations of the release also included a bonus DVD featuring several music video clips, as well as the Parallel Lives documentary, which was earlier released as a bonus feature of the Superstars and Cannonballs DVD/VHS

The Future of Earthly Delites
The Future of Earthly Delites tour was called the To the Moon and Back Tour in the US. Some footage from this tour can be seen in the international music video for "Break Me Shake Me", as well as the music video for "Tears of Pearls".

Affirmation World Tour
The international music video for the song "Affirmation", as well as the music videos for "Chained to You" and "The Best Thing", were filmed during the Affirmation World Tour. During the Australian leg of the tour, a camera crew also filmed both on-stage and backstage for what would later be the Superstars and Cannonballs DVD/VHS.

In 2005, Savage Garden was ranked #120 on the list of Top Pop Artists of the Last 25 years (1980-2005), placing immediately after Sarah McLachlan, and ahead of such artists as Oasis, Spice Girls, Coldplay, Blink-182, The Pretenders, and Ricky Martin.

(Some)Awards and achievements
Sold over 23 million albums around the world.
Sold more than 15 million singles around the world.
Spent five years in the UK album charts despite only two albums released.
Had ten Top 40 chart singles in the UK. Of these, nine charted Top 20 and four went Top 10.
Performed "Affirmation" as part of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Closing Ceremony.
On average, Savage Garden have sold 12.5 million copies per album. This is more than any other Australian act ever.
In the Guinness Book of World Records for winning an unprecedented number (10) of Australian Recording Industry Association Music Awards in one year (1997).
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Thanks to wikipedia and YouTube for this information.

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