Savage Garden frontman Darren Hayes recalls a time when he rejected a company’s awful pitch

‘If you knew how much money I turn down’: Savage Garden frontman Darren Hayes recalls a time when he rejected an advertising company’s awful pitch to remix one of his songs


Darren Hayes has shared a moment in his past when he refused a huge sum of money from a company that wanted to use one of his songs. 

The 49-year-old singer and former frontman of Savage Garden revealed the awful pitch he received to his followers on Twitter on Tuesday.  

The pitch came from an advertising company who wanted Darren to re-record his 1997 single, Truly Madly Single, with the lyrics embarrassing altered for a TV commercial. 

Can’t be bought: Savage Garden frontman Darren Hayes, 49, recalled a time when he rejected an advertising company’s awful pitch to remix one of his songs

‘If you knew how much money I turn down and how hard I fight to protect your high school memories…’ the singer jokingly captioned the tweet.

The lyrics from the company read: ‘I’ll bring you Greek, I’ll bring you French, I’ll bring you Japanese. I’ll bring you Thai, steak from the pub, bring all the food that you need.’  

‘Close to your door with every step, I’m outside holding your food. It will be warm, I will be tasty ‘cause I’m counting on a real good rating. That’s the reason I’m bringing, you deep fried chicken.’ 

'If you knew how much money I turn down': The singer revealed the awful pitch he received from an advertising company to his followers on Twitter

‘If you knew how much money I turn down’: The singer revealed the awful pitch he received from an advertising company to his followers on Twitter

The chorus then followed with. ‘I want to stand with you on food mountain. I want to float with you in some cheese. [insert brand name] Like this forever. Until more fries rain down on me.’

While the Savage Garden star didn’t divulge who made the request to the advertising company, it can be insinuated from the change in lyrics it was most likely a food delivery service. 

Followers of Darren found the company’s offer hilarious and applauded the singer for refusing the humiliating offer.  

‘Your integrity in such matters is appreciated,’ responded one follower amusingly.

Another fan commented, ‘This is so stupid. Thanks for sharing, because I had a good laugh.’

‘Could you still record it? The people need to hear this cringe,’ wrote a third. 

'Could you still record it? The people need to hear this cringe': Followers of the Savage Garden frontman found the offer hilarious and applauded Darren for refusing the offer

‘Could you still record it? The people need to hear this cringe’: Followers of the Savage Garden frontman found the offer hilarious and applauded Darren for refusing the offer

Truly Madly Deeply was one of Savage Garden’s biggest hits.

The song won the 1997 ARID music award for highest selling single and single of the year. It also reached the number one spot in Australia, the US and Canada. 

In 2019, Truly Madly Deeply was added to the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia’s list of recordings.

Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones disbanded the band at the end of 2001.  

Success: Truly Madly Deeply was one of Savage Garden's biggest hits. The song won the 1997 ARID music award for highest selling single and single of the year

Success: Truly Madly Deeply was one of Savage Garden’s biggest hits. The song won the 1997 ARID music award for highest selling single and single of the year

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