Spin (Darren Hayes album)

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Spin
Studio album by Darren Hayes
Released 18 March 2002 (Australia)
1 April 2002 (Worldwide)
12 November 2002 (Collector's Edition)
Recorded 2001
Genre Pop
Length 1:02:11 (International Edition)
1:07:08 (Australian Tour Edition)
Label Columbia
Producer Walter Afanasieff
Darren Hayes chronology
Spin
(2002)
The Tension and the Spark
(2004)
Singles from Spin
  1. "Insatiable"
    Released: 14 January 2002
  2. "Strange Relationship"
    Released: 27 June 2002
  3. "I Miss You"
    Released: 4 November 2002
  4. "Crush (1980 Me)"
    Released: 7 April 2003
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Billboard Magazine Favorable[2]
The Tribune 2/5 stars[3]

Spin is the first solo album released by ex-Savage Garden member Darren Hayes. The album was mixed by Chris Lord-Alge and produced by Walter Afanasieff. It was released in Australia in March 2002 and reached the rest of the world later that year. The album has sold over two million copies as of 2011.[4]

Background[edit]

Hayes, continuing the trend from his years as Savage Garden's frontman, addresses romance on almost every track on the album. Walter Afanasieff, who had already worked on Savage Garden's Affirmation, oversaw the production of the majority of the album, with help from co-producers Greg Bieck, Rick Nowels and Robert Conley. Afanasieff produced five of the twelve tracks on the original release: "Insatiable", "Heart Attack", "Dirty", "Good Enough" and the title track, "Spin"; Bieck produced "Strange Relationship" and "I Miss You"; Nowels produced "Creepin' Up on You", "I Can't Ever Get Enough of You", "Like It or Not" and "What You Like"; and Conley solely produced the track "Crush (1980 Me)". Afanasieff also produced the Australian only bonus track, "The Heart Wants What It Wants", and the UK Collector's Edition bonus tracks, "I Wish U Heaven" and "Can't Help Falling in Love". Till 2006,the album sold 118,000 in United States.[5]

Singles[edit]

  • "Insatiable" became the album's lead single in January 2002, becoming a hit in several places across the globe. Some consider this song to be Hayes' signature song, as it is his highest selling single of all time. The single came backed with all new B-sides "Falling at Your Feet" and "Ride", plus mixes of the track from Calderone, Pablo La Rosa, Specificus, DP and the Metro Boys.
  • "Strange Relationship" became the album's second single in June 2002, but it was not a hit like its predecessor. The single came backed with the new B-side "So Bad", remixes by DP and Specificus, the Metro Boys remix and Capital Radio Session of "Insatiable", plus a cover of the Marvin Gaye song "Sexual Healing", Hayes' second cover of a song by the artist, having participated in the 2001 Artists Against AIDS Worldwide recording of the song.
  • "I Miss You" became the album's third single in November 2002, however, it wasn't released in Australia until February 2003. The single includes the new B-sides "In Your Eyes" and "Where You Want to Be", plus a remix by Dallas Austin, the instrumental version, an acoustic version of "Insatiable", the F3 remix of "Strange Relationship", and the "Crush on Holiday" remix of "Crush" (1980 Me). The Dallas Austin remix became the main airplay and video version in Australia.
  • "Crush (1980 Me)" became the album's fourth and final single in April 2003, however, it was released in September 2002 in Australia, prior to the release of "I Miss You" there. The single includes the new B-side "Right Dead Back on It", remixes by Mayday Biscuit Disco and "Crush on Holiday", the instrumental version, plus an Acoustic version of "Insatiable", the F3 remix of "Strange Relationship", the Dallas Austin mix of "I Miss You". The "Crush on Holiday" mix is a mash-up with Madonna's 1983 single "Holiday". This version became the main airplay and video version in Australia.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Strange Relationship"   Darren Hayes, Greg Bieck Greg Bieck 5:02
2. "Insatiable"   Darren Hayes, Walter Afanasieff Walter Afanasieff 5:10
3. "Heart Attack"   Darren Hayes, Walter Afanasieff Walter Afanasieff 5:04
4. "I Miss You"   Darren Hayes, Greg Bieck Greg Bieck 5:30
5. "Creepin' Up on You"   Darren Hayes, Rick Nowels Rick Nowels 4:53
6. "Dirty"   Darren Hayes, Walter Afanasieff Walter Afanasieff 4:45
7. "Crush (1980 Me)"   Darren Hayes, Robert Conley Robert Conley 4:00
8. "Good Enough"   Darren Hayes, Walter Afanasieff Walter Afanasieff 6:11
9. "I Can't Ever Get Enough of You"   Darren Hayes, Rick Nowels Rick Nowels 5:16
10. "Like it or Not"   Darren Hayes, Rick Nowels Rick Nowels 6:20
11. "What You Like"   Darren Hayes, Rick Nowels Rick Nowels 5:38
12. "Spin"   Darren Hayes, Walter Afanasieff Walter Afanasieff 4:22

Other Tracks[edit]

During the Spin recording sessions, a number of tracks were left over, included as b-sides or completely unreleased. Although certain tracks were marketed as demo recordings, all appear to be the complete, final studio recordings. A total of fifteen tracks, excluding remixes, are listed.

  • Demo Recordings
  1. "Falling at Your Feet" - Available as a b-side to "Insatiable" in both the UK and Australia. Although listed as a demo version, the song appears to be the complete, final studio recording, minus part of the unmastered backing track.
  2. "Ride" - Available as a b-side to "Insatiable" in both the UK and Australia. Although listed as a demo version, the song appears to be the complete, final studio recording, and features the complete mastered backing track.
  3. "So Bad" - Available as a b-side to "Strange Relationship" in both the UK and Australia. Although listed as a demo version, the song appears to be the complete, final studio recording, minus part of the unmastered backing track.
  4. "Where You Want To Be" - Available as a b-side to "I Miss You" in both the UK and Australia, also included as one of three tracks unlocked on Hayes' official website using the enhanced content on the debut release of "Spin".
  5. "Right Dead Back On It" - Available as a b-side to "Crush (1980 Me)" in Australia only. After 15,000 copies of the single were pressed, the track was removed for unknown copyright reasons, and new copies were pressed without it.
  • Covers
  1. "Sexual Healing" - Available as b-side to "Strange Relationship" in the UK only, cover of the Marvin Gaye original. The song was recorded as part of a Capital Radio Session, which also featured a demo recording of "Insatiable".
  2. "In Your Eyes" - Available as a b-side to "I Miss You" in the UK only, cover of the Peter Gabriel original. The song was recorded for intention of use on "Spin", however, was cut when Hayes claimed he wanted "all original material".
  3. "I Wish U Heaven" - Available as a bonus track on the UK Collector's Edition of "Spin", cover of the Prince original. The recording only lasts 2:14, and only includes up to the second chorus of the song.
  4. "Can't Help Falling in Love" - Available as a bonus track on the UK Collector's Edition of "Spin", cover of the Elvis Presley original. The recording only lasts 2:22, and only includes up to the second chorus of the song.
  • Bonus Tracks
  1. "When You Say You Love Me" - Available as one of three tracks unlocked on Hayes' official website using the enhanced content on the debut release of "Spin". The song was later covered by Australian band Human Nature for their album Walk the Tightrope, and Clay Aiken for his album Measure of a Man. Hayes also recorded a collaborative version of the song with Human Nature for their greatest hits album "A Symphony of Hits".
  2. "Lift Me Up" - Available as one of three tracks unlocked on Hayes' official website using the enhanced content on the debut release of "Spin". The song was later covered by the Backstreet Boys, due for inclusion on their fifth studio album, Never Gone, and also considered for release on the follow-up album Unbreakable. However, their version remains unreleased. Hayes later recorded a collaborative version of the song with Olivia Newton-John for her duets album "(2)".
  3. "The Heart Wants What It Wants" - Included as a bonus track on the standard edition of "Spin" exclusively in Australia and Japan. The track was never released in the United Kingdom, despite being listed by some retailers as the B-side to "Crush (1980 Me)" before its commercial release. The track also appears on the Australian Tour Edition of "Spin".
  • Unreleased Tracks
  1. "Breath" - Leaked to the internet in 2004. "Breath" is the only unreleased track which has never been altered or changed and then commercially released. It was intended as the lead single from the collector's edition of "Spin", but was scrapped for unknown reasons.
  2. "Believe" - Leaked to the internet in 2004. "Believe" is a solo version of the song "Do You Believe", which Hayes recorded as a duet with Specificus for their EP "Specificus" in 2002. The solo version features a slight lyrical and a completely different musical arrangement.
  3. "Ocean" - Leaked to the internet in 2004. "Ocean" was later re-worked and released as the digital b-side to Hayes' 2007 single "On The Verge of Something Wonderful". Only minor differences exist between the two versions.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
position
UK Albums Chart 2[7]
US Billboard 200 35[8]

Certifications and Sales[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[9] Platinum 70,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[10] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[11] 118,000[5]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ William Ruhlmann. "Allmusic Review Darren Hayes - Spin". Allmusic. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  2. ^ CT (March 30, 2002). "Billboard Review - Darren Hayes - Spin". Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Tribune Review - Darren Hayes - Spin". The Tribune. May 4, 2002. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Darren Hayes Net Worth". Celebrity Networth. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Answers to readers' questions about Savage Garden's Darren Hayes, Danity Kane and City High.". Billboard. August 17, 2006. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Spin Versions". nnm. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "Darren Hayes - Spin (UK Charts)". Official Charts. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "Darren Hayes - Spin (Billboard Charts)". Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2002 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 3 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "British album certifications – Darren hayes – Spin". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 3 July 2014.  Enter Spin in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  11. ^ "American album certifications – Darren hayes – Spin". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 3 July 2014.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH