Song:Truly Madly Deeply
Album:Truly Madly Completely: The Best Of Savage Garden
The Aussie duo Savage Garden only recorded two albums. But they scored two number one hits including Truly Madly Deeply. Savage Garden are from Brisbane, Australia. Daniel Jones plays guitar and keyboards. in 1993, he led the band Red Edge. He placed an ad in the newspaper looking for a new lead singer. Darren Hayes was attending university and had no experience. But he was the only one to respond to the ad. So he joined the band and the two started writing together. They split off and at first they called themselves Crush. But there was already a band with that name. So they called themselves Savage Garden from Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles. They sent out demos and signed with Roadshow Music which was a division of the film company Village Roadshow. They recorded with veteran producer Charles Fisher who had worked with Air Supply. When their first single I Want You was a hit in Australia, they signed an international deal with Columbia Records. I Want You was released in North America Feb. 1997 and it reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. Truly Madly Deeply did even better as it topped the charts. And the album Savage Garden was certified 7XPlatinum. So the album was a big success. Savage Garden recorded their 1999 album Affirmation in New York with Mariah Carey's producer Walter Afanasieff. It didn't do as well as the first album but it was certified 3XPlatinum. And the single I Knew I Loved You topped the Billboard Hot 100. But there was trouble in paradise. Hayes moved to New York and he wasn't planning to return to Australia. Jones stayed in Australia. That wasn't going to work. So they had split up already but they didn't acknowledge the split until late 2001. You can get all their hits on this budget comp. Hayes released his first solo CD Spin in 2002. He has had chart success mostly in Australia. He last recorded for Mercury Records Australia in 2011. Hayes lives in Los Angeles and he is trying to get into acting. It seems Jones didn't like fame. Jones owned his own record label for a while and then he quit the music business for real estate. He still lives in Australia. Here's the video for Truly Madly Deeply by Savage Garden.