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updated 08/03/1998 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/03/1998 01:00AM

>Savage Garden The two members of Australia's pop group Savage Garden have something to say to TV talk show host Rosie O'Donnell: Thanks. Back in February 1997 O'Donnell got an advance copy of their first single, "I Want You," the upbeat, infectious "chic-a-cherry-cola" song, and played it on her show every day for weeks. "I remember logging on to one of the fan pages on the Internet, and there were all these messages about how Rosie had been playing the song," recalls singer Darren Hayes, 26, who lives in Brisbane with his wife of three years. "I thought, 'Yeah, right,' because at that time I had no idea if we'd be successful in America." Thanks in part to O'Donnell, Hayes and bachelor guitarist-keyboard player Daniel Jones, 25, have seen their debut album Savage Garden sell 4 million copies in the U.S., produce a No. 1 single ("Truly Madly Deeply") and remain on the Billboard chart for 65 weeks and counting. This summer they've embarked on their first-ever U.S. tour. "Music is like fashion. You never quite know where it's heading," says Hayes. "I'm not going to look past the moment. I'm going to take it all in and really enjoy it."

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