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Music: Savage Garden

I want to stand with you on a mountain
I want to bathe with you in the sea
I want to lay like this forever
Until the sky falls down on me

Savage Garden (1995 - 2001) were an Australian duo, consisting of Darren Hayes (the brunet) as vocalist and Daniel Jones (the blond) as instrumentalist, whose brand of soft-rock mixed with straightforward pop was a surprise international hit in the grungey 1990s. Though they only released two studio albums (in an era where artists didn't shell out an Updated Re-release to tide fans over), they had many successful singles including "I Want You", "To the Moon and Back", "Truly Madly Deeply" and "I Knew I Loved You".

After splitting in 2001, Darren Hayes continued with a solo career to some success.

Discography:


Tropes:

  • Added Alliterative Appeal: The "chicka cherry cola" line in "I Want You". And contrary to popular belief, it's not the title of the song, despite the title phrase appearing more often than the former.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Darren Hayes, before he officially outed himself around 2005 - ish.
  • Breakup Breakout: Darren Hayes, who had a very successful career for the remainder of the Turn of the Millennium. Daniel Jones (not to be confused with Daniel Johns from Silverchair) pretty much became The Garfunkel, although he still produces and plays instruments on tracks for new artists. This is perfectly understandable as Daniel's main reason for ending Savage Garden is that he didn't like being in the spotlight, whereas Darren did.
  • The Cameo / Retroactive Recognition: A young Kirsten Dunst plays the Love Interest in the "I Knew I Loved You" video.
  • Creator Backlash: Darren didn't like the song Promises for a while, because the band were forced to include it on the international first album by the US label. He has warmed up to it somewhat since then.
  • Development Hell: They recorded 'You Can Still Be Free' for their 1995 demo tape, but it completely missed recording for their first album or B Sides. Instead it appeared on their second album Affirmation in 1999.
  • Executive Meddling: The International version of their first album (outside Australia and New Zealand) removed the songs "All Around Me" and "Mine", and added "Promises" to make up for it (it was previously the Australian B Side to Truly Madly Deeply). Both were removed because they might offend Moral Guardians in the band's attempt to break the US - "All Around Me" being overtly about sex, and "Mine" having the line 'crosses and crucifixes'. "Mine" was however reinstated as the bonus track on the Japanese version. In addition, "Truly Madly Deeply" was replaced by a version with a new drum track replacing the original drum machine - this version became the hit single version around the world. The track order was changed too in order to give prominence to the singles. The band were annoyed about this, having deliberately sequenced the album and chosen the tracks from a large pool, and feeling that the song "Mine" was important to the album. Darren Hayes insists that people listen to the original Australian version to hear the band's real vision.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Both male and female versions appear in the "Crash and Burn" video, which include, but not limited to: Fireflies, Ostriches, and Spiders.
  • Lyrical Tic: The Title Track from Affirmation is a series of (sometimes controversial) statements preceded by "I believe".
  • Motor Mouth: "I want you" is a prime example. The few clear lyrics, "Chick-a-cherry cola", are often mistaken for the title.
  • One of Us: Darren Hayes is a massive fan of Star Wars. More relevantly to the actual group, it was named for a line in Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles:
    The mind of each man is a savage garden.
  • Signed Language: Darren 'sings' The lyrics at the ending of "Crash and Burn" in this manner.
  • Overcrank: Often used in their videos, especially in "Truly Madly Deeply".
  • Silly Love Songs: A whole lot of them. It was what they were known for in the eyes of the general public, even though they had recorded harder-edged pop-rock songs like "Break Me, Shake Me" or "Memories Are Designed to Fade". To a general audience, they were basically The Nineties' answer to Air Supply. Not too surprising, given they worked with Charles Fisher who produced for that group.
    • It should be noted, that most of the silly love songs had Ambiguous Genders, which could be applied to just about any kind of relationship, Sans for a few songs, like "I knew I loved you".
      • The first album really only has Truly Madly Deeply and Santa Monica to fit this description, but Affirmation has a whole lot more, due to the band aiming for a radio hit. "I Knew I Loved You" was frequently mistaken for the Backstreet Boys or *NSYNC when it came out, such is its overt poppishness.
  • Video Full Of Film Clips: The video for "The Animal Song" is intercut with clips from the Juliette Lewis movie The Other Sister.
  • You Are Not Alone / A Friend in Need: "Crash and Burn".
  • Zeerust: The video of "I Want You".
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