The making of this record (Savage Garden) was truly a journey. From pre-production to final mixing it took over a year to complete. We went into the studio in Sydney in March 1995 and finished recording in October. Later that year bass and drum tracks were recorded and we waited over the Christmas period for Chris Lord Alge to be available to mix the record in early 1996. June 31st saw the release of "I Want You" our first single. And the journey still continues...
Debut Album Track Summary By Darren from savagegarden.com
Savage Garden’s first single ‘I Want You’ is released in Australia and goes on to become the highest selling single that year, hitting the #4 slot on the national ARIA charts and selling 100,000 copies.
Chart stats for 'I Want you':
Peaked at #4 in Australia
and stayed at that position for 3 weeks
1xPlatinum = 70,000 sales
The success of the band in Australia attracts international interest from a number of US record labels.
"A disc jockey at a Dallas radio station began playing a copy of 'I Want You' bought during a business trip to Australia. The audience response was immense, so copies were distributed quickly to other stations. "By the time we got to America, the song was on moderate rotation", recalled Hayes. "We had the pick of record companies and management."
'Fresh Face Of Pop's Next Big Thing' By Richard Jinman
The Sydney Morning Herald. 15 March 1997
In September, Darren and Daniel travel to New York for the first time, where Columbia Records win the bidding war and sign the band for the rest of the world.
In November, their second single ‘To The Moon and Back’ is released in Australia and starts to race up the charts.
Chart stats for 'To the Moon and Back':
Peaked at #1 in Australia
and stayed at that position for 1 week (January 19) in 1997
1 x Platinum = 70 000 sales
#12 on Aria’s end of year chart 1997