Savage Garden Biography
Savage Garden was an Australian pop duo that enjoyed international success over the course of several years. The band was comprised of Darren Hayes (vocals) and Daniel Jones (keyboards, sequencing, and guitar).
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 had previously been a kindergarten teacher, 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 is 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.
In October 2001, Savage Garden officially announced their breakup and the duo went their separate ways. Darren began work on his first solo album. The first single, "Insatiable", was released in 2002 and the album, Spin was released the same year. Spin spawned several UK Top 40 singles, including "I Miss You", "Strange Relationship", and "Crush (1980 Me)".
Darren’s second solo album, The Tension And The Spark, was released in 2004, its first single "Pop!ular" becoming a dance hit. Despite a follow-up single, "Darkness", the second album failed to repeat the success of his debut solo album.
The greatest hits package Truly Madly Completely: The Best Of Savage Garden was released on November 7, 2005 and early 2006 in the US, with a new single by Darren Hayes entitled "So Beautiful". The collection contains the hits from both studio albums, alongside five B-Sides and two new songs by Darren Hayes. Several variations of the release also feature a bonus DVD featuring several music video clips, as well as the Parallel Lives documentary video.
Although the two were together for only a short span of time, Darren and Daniel sold over 23 million records around the world and made Savage Garden one of the most successful music duos of the late 1990s.