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To the Moon and Back (Savage Garden song)

"To the Moon and Back" is a song by Australian pop duo Savage Garden. It was released in Australia on 4 November 1996[1] as the second single from their self-titled 1997 album. It was the follow up to their hit "I Want You". It won the 1997 ARIA Music Award for Song of the Year. The song became a Top 3 hit on the UK Singles Chart, and a Top 25 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100, and was also the band's first number one in their native country.[2][3]

"To the Moon and Back"
Savage Garden TTMAB.jpg
Single by Savage Garden
from the album Savage Garden
B-side
  • "Memories Are Designed to Fade", "Santa Monica",
  • "All Around Me"
Released4 November 1996[1]
Format7" vinyl, CD (AUS)
12" vinyl, CD, cassette (International)
Recorded1996
GenrePop rock, electronic rock
Length5:41 (album version)
5:09 (1996 release edit)
4:32 (1997 release long edit)
4:13 (1997 release short edit)
3:44 (1998 release edit)
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Charles Fisher
Savage Garden singles chronology
"I Want You"
(1996)
"To the Moon and Back"
(1996)
"Truly Madly Deeply"
(1997)
Re-release cover
Re-release cover (1998)
Re-release cover (1998)
Music video
"To the Moon & Back"
"To the Moon & Back" (Extended Version)
on YouTube

While it did not have the success in America that "I Want You" did, the runaway success of its follow up "Truly Madly Deeply" inspired Savage Garden and Columbia Records to remix "To the Moon and Back" and release it again in 1998.

Contents

Release and chart performancesEdit

After the international success of their debut single, "I Want You", there were high expectations for the song as its follow-up. During the song's first charting in America, the song entered the Top 40 of the Hot 100 for only one week, peaking at number 37 the final week of August 1997. In the United Kingdom, the single was originally released in late September 1997, and there it failed to chart in the Top 40, stalling at number 55 for one week.

Subsequently, "Truly Madly Deeply" became an even bigger hit than their debut, hitting the number one spot in several countries, including both the Hot 100 and the Hot Adult Contemporary charts in the United States, where it broke the record as the longest-running single to that time on the Adult Contemporary charts.

In the wake of such success, the band decided the song had greater potential to become a hit than its first chartings had borne out, and so instead of mining a fourth single from the album as they had for the Australian market, they decided to mix a shorter edit of "To the Moon and Back" and re release it internationally in 1998. This time the song peaked at number 24 in America, an improvement upon its first release yet still not the smash they had hoped it would be.

In the United Kingdom, however, their faith was rewarded when the song debuted at number three, becoming Savage Garden's biggest hit in the country. This prompted the re release of their debut single, remixed as "I Want You '98". The single was certified Silver in France in 1998,and sold 209,000.[4]

Music videoEdit

There have been three different music videos for the song. The first, accompanying the Australian release of the song, was directed by Catherine Caines and Chris Bentley, and was shot in black and white. This version features Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones performing on what appears to be a space vessel, whilst a female passenger watches. A version of the video accompanied by a dance remix of the track was also released.[5]

The second, accompanying the United States and original United Kingdom release of the song, was directed by Nigel Dick in Los Angeles, and features Darren and Daniel performing in an apartment in Malibu whilst a female records the performance. This American video features Hayes with long hair.[6]

The third version, accompanying the re-release of 1998, was filmed in New York, and features a sad-looking teenage girl traveling by the metro to meet her friends (apparently other misfits like herself). This video features Hayes with short hair, and is the most well-known of the three versions.

Track listingsEdit

  • United Kingdom

CD1 (1997)

  1. "To the Moon and Back" (short edit) – 4:13
  2. "To the Moon and Back" – 5:41
  3. "To the Moon and Back" (Hani's Num Club Mix) – 9:18
  4. "Memories Are Designed to Fade" – 3:39

CD2 (1997)

  1. "To the Moon and Back" – 5:41
  2. "To the Moon and Back" (Hani's Num Radio Edit) – 3:57
  3. "To the Moon and Back" (Escape Into Hyperspace Mix) – 4:39
  4. "All Around Me" – 4:11

Cassette (1997)

  1. "To the Moon and Back" – 5:41
  2. "Memories Are Designed to Fade" – 3:39

CD1 (1998)

  1. "To the Moon and Back" – 5:41
  2. "To the Moon and Back" (Almighty Radio Edit) – 4:05
  3. "Truly Madly Deeply" (karaoke version) – 4:38

CD2 (1998)

  1. "To the Moon and Back" (1998 Radio Edit) – 3:44
  2. "To the Moon and Back" (Almighty Fired Up Mix) – 6:16
  3. "To the Moon and Back" (Almighty Definitive Mix) – 6:09

Cassette (1998)

  1. "To the Moon and Back" – 5:41
  2. "To the Moon and Back" (Almighty Radio Edit) – 4:05

CD (2004)

  1. "To the Moon and Back" (Almighty Club Class Radio Edit) – 3:52
  2. "To the Moon and Back" (Almighty Club Class Mix) – 8:06
  3. "To the Moon and Back" (Almighty Club Class Dub) – 7:09
  4. "To the Moon and Back" (Almighty Transensual Mix) – 6:12
  5. "To the Moon and Back" (Almighty Fired Up Mix) – 6:51
  6. "To the Moon and Back" (Almighty Definitive Mix) – 6:32
  7. "Affirmation" (Almighty 2004 Anthem Mix) – 7:13
  8. "Affirmation" (Almighty Bangin' Mix) – 10:45
  9. "Affirmation" (Almighty Mix) – 8:20
  10. "Hold Me" (Almighty Mix) – 9:14
  • Europe

CD1 (1997)

  1. "To the Moon and Back" (long edit) – 5:41
  2. "Memories Are Designed to Fade" – 3:39

CD2 (1997)

  1. "To the Moon and Back" (short edit) – 4:13
  2. "To the Moon and Back" – 5:41
  3. "To the Moon and Back" (Hani's Num Radio Edit) – 3:57
  4. "To the Moon and Back" (Escape Into Hyperspace Mix) – 4:39
  5. "Memories Are Designed to Fade" – 3:39

CD1 (1998)

  1. "To the Moon and Back" (1998 radio edit) – 3:42
  2. "To the Moon and Back" (7" Almighty Mix) – 3:48

CD2 (1998)

  1. "To the Moon and Back" (1998 radio edit) – 3:42
  2. "To the Moon and Back" (7" Almighty Mix) – 3:48
  3. "To the Moon and Back" (Almighty Fired Up Mix) – 6:16
  4. "To the Moon and Back" (Almighty Definitive Dub) – 6:09
  • Australia
  1. "To the Moon and Back" (radio version) – 5:09
  2. "Santa Monica" – 3:52
  3. "Memories Are Designed to Fade" – 3:39
  4. "To the Moon and Back" – 5:41
  • Japan
  1. "To the Moon and Back" (radio version) – 4:32
  2. "To the Moon and Back" (Hani's Num Radio Edit) – 3:57
  3. "To the Moon and Back" (Hani's Num Club Mix) – 9:18
  4. "To the Moon and Back" (Hani's Num Dub) – 5:15
  5. "To the Moon and Back" (Escape Into Hyperspace Mix) – 4:39
  • America

CD1

  1. "To the Moon and Back" (long edit) – 5:41
  2. "Memories Are Designed to Fade" – 3:39

CD2

  1. "To the Moon and Back" (radio version) – 4:32
  2. "To the Moon and Back" (Hani's Num Radio Edit) – 3:57
  3. "To the Moon and Back" (Hani's Num Club Mix) – 9:18
  4. "To the Moon and Back" (Hani's Num Dub) – 5:15
  5. "To the Moon and Back" (Escape Into Hyperspace Mix) – 4:39

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[33] Platinum 70,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[34] Gold 5,000*
Sweden (GLF)[35] Gold 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[36] Gold 400,000^

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

Release historyEdit

Country Release date
Australia 4 November 1996[1]
North America 8 July 1997
United Kingdom 11 August 1997
United Kingdom (re-release) 28 June 1998

ReferencesEdit

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