It was announced on 22 April 2016 that Sony Music‘s Western label will be releasing a limited edition of Savage Garden‘s greatest hits album entitled “The Singles” on 25 May 2016. The album jacket features main lead Josuke Higashikata from ongoing anime : Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure – Diamond Is Unbreakable depicted in a pose similar to the one illustrated by Hirohiko Araki (creator of the Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure manga) in his art book entitled Jojo 6251 as seen in the image below. Note that the chains of houses around Josuke’s arms as well as the maroon arms above Josuke are omitted from the album cover.
Savage Garden was an Australian pop duo active from 1993–2002 that consists of vocalist Darren Hayes and instrumentalist Daniel Jones. The duo have released 2 studio albums entitled Savage Garden and Affirmation and won a record number of ten ARIA Music Awards for their debut album as well as their various singles.
This current album contains 18 tracks of their their past hits such as : I Want You, Truly Madly Deeply, The Animal Song and many more as well as 2 bonus tracks entitled : I Want You (Acoustic Live Ver.) and I Knew I Loved You (Acoustic Ver.).
One stand out track of this album would be “I want You“. This track has been used as the ending of Diamond Is Unbreakable. Hirohiko Araki stated that this song was fitting for the series as the rhythmic pattern represents the 90’s era which the anime is set in. He also felt that the progressive songwriting creates dramatic crescendos through the song that fits in well with the anime.
Former Savage Garden vocalist Darren Hayes has also tweeted his response to allowing the song to be used in the anime series as seen in the tweet below.
Thrilled that so many folks are happy we allowed ‘I Want You’ to be used in #jojo_anime – it’s a cool show and I was happy to say yes.
— Darren Hayes (@darrenhayes) April 9, 2016
This is not the first time that the Jojo anime series utilized Western pop and rock music in their ending themes. Previous 3 seasons of Jojo featured songs such as “Roundabout” by Yes, “Walk Like an Egyptian” by The Bangles, and “Last Train Home” by the Pat Metheny Group. With each ending corresponding to the theme and setting of each part of the Jojo anime series, speculation is always rife on which song would be featured in the future seasons of Jojo.
Viewers interested in pre-ordering this limited edition album can check out its Amazon page here.