Spin (Darren Hayes album)

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Spin
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Studio album by
Released18 March 2002 (Australia)
1 April 2002 (Worldwide)
12 November 2002 (Collector's Edition)
Recorded2001
GenrePop
Length1:02:11 (International Edition)
1:07:08 (Australian Tour Edition)
LabelColumbia
ProducerWalter Afanasieff, Darren Hayes
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
SourceRating
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[1]
Billboard MagazineFavorable[2]
The Tribune2/5 stars[3]

Spin is the first solo album released by former 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.

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-release 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"; as of 2006, the album sold 118,000 units in the United States.[4]

Singles[edit]

"Insatiable" became the album's lead single in January 2002, becoming a hit in several places across the globe. Some consider this to be Hayes' signature song, as it is his highest-selling single of all time; the single came backed with 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", it included 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. It wasn't released in Australia until February 2003; the single includes the new B-sides "In Your Eyes" (a cover of the Peter Gabriel track featured on the UK and European versions) 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" in that country; 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", and 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.TitleWriter(s)ProducerLength
1."Strange Relationship"Darren Hayes, Greg BieckGreg Bieck5:02
2."Insatiable"Darren Hayes, Walter AfanasieffWalter Afanasieff5:10
3."Heart Attack"Darren Hayes, Walter AfanasieffWalter Afanasieff5:04
4."I Miss You"Darren Hayes, Greg BieckGreg Bieck5:30
5."Creepin' Up on You"Darren Hayes, Rick NowelsRick Nowels4:53
6."Dirty"Darren Hayes, Walter AfanasieffWalter Afanasieff4:45
7."Crush (1980 Me)"Darren Hayes, Robert ConleyRobert Conley4:00
8."Good Enough"Darren Hayes, Walter AfanasieffWalter Afanasieff6:11
9."I Can't Ever Get Enough of You"Darren Hayes, Rick NowelsRick Nowels5:16
10."Like It or Not"Darren Hayes, Rick NowelsRick Nowels6:20
11."What You Like"Darren Hayes, Rick NowelsRick Nowels5:38
12."Spin"Darren Hayes, Walter AfanasieffWalter Afanasieff4:22

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.
    2. "Ride" – Available as a B-side to "Insatiable" in both the UK and Australia.
    3. "So Bad" – Available as a B-side to "Strange Relationship" in both the UK and Australia.
    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, it 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]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[6] 3
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[7] 8
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[8] 10
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[9] 47
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[10] 22
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[11] 7
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[12] 30
UK Albums (OCC)[13] 2
US Billboard 200[14] 35

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2002) Position
Australia (ARIA)[15] 54

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[16] Platinum 70,000^
Sweden (GLF)[17] Gold 30,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[18] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[19] 118,000[4]

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

References[edit]

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  2. ^ CT (30 March 2002). "Billboard Review - Darren Hayes - Spin". Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  3. ^ "The Tribune Review - Darren Hayes - Spin". The Tribune. 4 May 2002. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Answers to readers' questions about Savage Garden's Darren Hayes, Danity Kane and City High". Billboard. 17 August 2006. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
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  9. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved July 16, 2016.
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  11. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Darren Hayes – Spin". Hung Medien. Retrieved July 16, 2016.
  12. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Darren Hayes – Spin". Hung Medien. Retrieved July 16, 2016.
  13. ^ "Darren Hayes | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved July 16, 2016.
  14. ^ "Darren Hayes Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved July 16, 2016.
  15. ^ "2002 ARIA ALBUMS CHART". ARIA. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  16. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2002 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 3 July 2014.
  17. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 2002" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Retrieved 3 July 2014.
  18. ^ "British album certifications – Darren hayes – Spin". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 3 July 2014. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Spin in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  19. ^ "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.