Secret Codes And Battleships
Format: CD Album
Label: Mercury Records, EMI Records
Release: 21/10/2011
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Stupid Mistake
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Release: 7/05/2012
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Bloodstained Heart
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Release: 05/09/2011
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Black Out The Sun
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Release: 2/10/2011
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Talk Talk Talk
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Label: Mercury Records, EMI Records
Release: 24/06/2011
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This Delicate FILM We've Made
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Label: Powdered Sugar
Release: 02/2009
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The Time Machine Tour
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Release: 21/07/2008
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Big Night In...
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Release: 1/12/2006
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Truly Madly Completely
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Label: Roadshow
Release: 21/11/2005
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Darren's article in Bent Magazine March 2009
Автор: JulyGarden 11 марта 2009 Комментарии: 0 Просмотров: 2598    
Bent Magazine
March 2009
Issue 122
Page 12


Interview Darren Hayes
This Delicate Thing He's Made

Darren Hayes is a man of many talents. Best known for his time in Savage Garden and a successful solo career, he has now turned his hand to film. With the help of his partner Richard Cullen, who he married in 2006, we see the release of a new DVD "This Delicate Film We've Made". We sent Simon Savidge to do the interview, little knowing that Simon was about to admonish our star.

It's not the normal way to begin an interview, "I have a bone to pick with you Mr. Hayes" but it is the way this one started. "I have you to blame for the fact that during my school days everyone called me "Savidge Garden" and constantly asked if I wanted a drink of "cherry cola." Most pop stars wouldn't quite know how to deal with this confrontational opening gambit but Darren simply breaks into a huge smile. "Well, he informs me, "I have been called that guy from Savage Garden for years no one knew my name so," he chortles, "go suck eggs." He continues with the theme, "I was watching Celebrity Big Brother with Ben Adams, who I thought was quite adorable actually, and he was saying how he was excited that the British nation would see that his surname wasn't "from A1", still have that with Savage Garden it's crazy.

Talking of reality shows, our Darren has been asked to take part but is of the opinion that he's just too private and shy to be that open with a viewing public. Perhaps, as an alternative, I venture, if there was ever a time when a reunion with his old Savage Garden mate would be profitable, now would seem to be ideal. Had he in fact had any thoughts in that direction? "No, not really. I mean, in reality we weren't together very long. We weren't a flash in the pan exactly and we had some huge hits but only two albums in a very short space of time. I have actually been solo a lot longer and released much more than we did as a band, and I don't mean that in a bitchy arrogant way". He admits that sometimes he's been a bit defensive talking about the band because he thinks people are looking for the gossip or simply "to take the piss." He points out, "I don't think we had enough time to get in our stride. You look at artists like Kylie or U2, they have the time to do a few albums and get things right or wrong. We didn't. In some people's eyes I will always be the boy with the dodgy haircuts who sang (laughs) wearing wild Gaultier tops and nail varnish. That's why I think people will rip the shit out of it and maybe see it as being naff. However, I think it's probably me who needs to get over it. I will always perform those songs and actually, people of late, have been really respectful of them. I tell you what I find slightly weird and slightly cool is people doing cover versions of our songs."

Darren is himself no stranger to cover versions having, over the last few months, put some of his own on the internet, in particular covers of two of his favourite artist's songs; an acoustic version of Kylie's "2 Hearts" and an electro-romp version of Madonna's "Dress You Up". Chanteuse, and fellow Aussie, Tina Arena did an album of covers so, is this something Darren would be interested in perhaps releasing?" "Not really I don't know if I could commit to a whole album of it. I mean Tina's albums are amazing, but for me it's just something I do for fun...for me really...and of course my fans. I like to have them on the tour as it's something you can have a play around with. It's my guilty pleasure along side X Factor."

His latest project is the DVD release of This Delicate Film We've Made, which is a mixture of animated pieces and new videos to go with some of the songs from his last album. "It's something trippy and fun, something I just wanted to have a go at, it's by no means original. I mean the Eurythmics made an amazing movie around the time of their Savage album "he stops and laughs "did you get ribbed for that one too?" I say nothing and he cackles. "You poor guy. Anyways I love that Kate Bush did something similar, Michael Jackson did Thriller and Moonwalker. It's absolutely an indulgent thing, and it's the ultimate extension of the album for me really."
The double album was such a big musical production and the tour became a huge theatrical creation did he regret any of it? "I wanted it to be an experience. However, it became a huge pain in the arse." He chuckles at the memory. "The time machine we designed was so big it barely fit anywhere (quite the opposite to Spinal Tap's theatrical calamity) and cost me a fortune. Typical gay man (he laughs) its' all about the aesthetics. I am still paying for it but it looked great." Composing himself he continued, " I mean, the smartest thing for me to do commercially would be to release a 60's pop revival record or a huge album of radio friendly ballads. I guess I just see this is an art and a craft and being on my own label it's something I can do. I am also lucky as back with Savage Garden I did all of the huge arena tours and now I do things like the Royal Albert Hall and make crazy videos. I have to have a reason to get out of bed in the morning and the key to it is happiness and fun. With the DVD it was also so nice to work so much with Richard, as the last album and tour really took up two years of my life."

Although his gay tendencies were known for some time to his family and fellow musicians in the industry, he seemed reluctant to throw his hat into the ring and come out publicly. "If I am completely honest it took me quite some time to squash my internal homophobia aimed at myself, for some reason I had some shame. Now I am out and its fabulous darling (laughs)." Although previously married, he divorced from his Australian wife in 2000. Richard and he had their Civil Partnership in June 2006 but, I wondered, has married life changed him. "It's lovely when we go through passport control and they ask me why am I living in the UK, and I say...because I married my boyfriend (just in case you don't know Richard is British and Darren is Australian). It's almost worth the holiday alone (laughs), you feel quite powerful saying it. It's beautiful." With Darren being in the public eye I asked if his marriage was in anyway political. "I got married for one reason only and that's because I love Richard. I did feel very strongly about it politically and I do think we should have the same rights as straight couples. It's an amazing civil right to have in the UK. I didn't anticipate what it does to you emotionally. Whatever that tiny chip was on my shoulder about being gay it's finally smoothed that over. It's just lovely."

This Delicate Film We've Made is out now on Powered Sugar in all good DVD retailers. For more information on Darren visit www.darrenhayes.​com

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