Savage Garden
Savage Garden

Savage Garden

About Savage Garden

Savage Garden came and went in a flash, releasing just two albums in the late ’90s before splitting up in 2001. But the Australian duo left behind some of the most indelible hits of the era, including the sweetly devoted lyrics and silvery harmonies of “Truly Madly Deeply”. Savage Garden formed in Brisbane in 1993 when multi-instrumentalist Daniel Jones met singer Darren Hayes after posting an ad in a newspaper looking for a vocalist for his cover band. The two soon broke off to collaborate on original songs, adopting the name Savage Garden from a line in Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles series. In 1994, their demo tape attracted the attention of Australian music mogul John Woodruff, who paired them up with Air Supply producer Charles Fisher to begin work on what would become their chart-topping 1997 self-titled debut. Its lead single, “I Want You”, showcased the pair’s sleek arrangements and infectious lyrics (including a reference to a delicious-sounding “chica-cherry cola”); later productions, like the title track to their 1999 album Affirmation, drew on early-’80s synth-pop with pulsing beats and messages of unconditional acceptance. Though they were at the top of their game, they decided to part ways as Hayes launched a solo career while Jones stayed in Australia to produce emerging local talents.

  • ORIGIN
    Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  • FORMED
    1997

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