I Want You (Savage Garden song)
|"I Want You"|
|Single by Savage Garden|
|from the album Savage Garden|
|Released||27 May 1996 (Australia)|
11 February 1997 (North America)
9 June 1997 (UK)
30 November 1998 (as "I Want You '98", UK)
|Songwriter(s)||Darren Hayes, Daniel Jones|
|Producer(s)||Savage Garden and Charles Fisher|
|Savage Garden singles chronology|
"I Want You" is a song by Australian pop duo Savage Garden. It was originally released in Australia in May 1996 as the lead single from their eponymous debut album, Savage Garden. The single hit number one in Canada, and peaked on number 4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and in Australia. The single also peaked at number 9 in Iceland and at 11 on the UK Singles Chart.
In November 1998, the single was re released in the United Kingdom, following the success of "Truly Madly Deeply" and "To the Moon and Back". This release peaked at number 12. The song is also used as the ending theme of the anime adaptation of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, during its Diamond Is Unbreakable arc. At the APRA Music Awards of 1998 it won Most Performed Australian Work Overseas.
The song's lyrics refer to the irresistible attraction exerted by a woman possessing strong sex appeal. She fascinates the singer and arouses his curiosity, even though he is not sure whether he needs her at all. Singer Darren Hayes described it as a song about "a male energy" expressing its love, in contrast to some of his solo songs where he was more likely to adopt the perspective of a gay individual.
Two music videos were released for the song; a low budget version in Australia and a second, higher budget version for America and international markets. The first video, released in 1996, showed the band performing in a room full of disco lights and Darren Hayes singing on the back of a moving vehicle.
The second video, released in 1997, features the band in a stylised futuristic warehouse and recording studio. Both videos present Darren Hayes with long black hair. The international version was featured on the band's compilation Truly Madly Completely: The Best of Savage Garden (2005), while the Australian version was not available until the release of the compilation The Singles (2015).
Certifications and sales
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||600,000|
^shipments figures based on certification alone
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