Brisbane’s Savage Garden, Daniel Jones and Darren Hayes, inspired Brisbane band Cub Sport.
Brisbane’s Savage Garden, Daniel Jones and Darren Hayes, inspired Brisbane band Cub Sport.

The tearful story behind Darren Hayes’ new song

TIM Nelson, singer of Brisbane band Cub Sport, has revealed the surreal moment he drove into Paris listening to his childhood music idol Darren Hayes singing one of his songs.

Cub Sport released I've Never Cried So Much In My Life featuring Hayes - who hadn't released music since 2012 - last week just one month after Nelson sent the former Savage Garden singer a recording of the single asking, on the off chance, if he'd like to be involved.

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"We were in Europe and we were getting ready to release I've Never Cried So Much In My Whole Life and I had a thought that Darren would sound so beautiful on it, so I texted him and sent the song through and I said 'if you're into the song we'd love for you to be involved in some way' … and he replied straight away saying he would love to," Nelson told Confidential.

Brisbane band Cub Sport, Tim Nelson, Sam Netterfield, Zoe Davis and Dan Puusaari, released a new song I Never Cried So Much In My Life featuring Darren Hayes. Photo: Mia Rankin
Brisbane band Cub Sport, Tim Nelson, Sam Netterfield, Zoe Davis and Dan Puusaari, released a new song I Never Cried So Much In My Life featuring Darren Hayes. Photo: Mia Rankin

"He said that when he heard the song he cried."

"He sent back a recording of him singing over the instrumental and we got it in our inbox as we were driving into Paris and so we were listening to Darren Hayes sing on a Cub Sport song as we were driving into Paris to play our first ever show there. I was thinking 'how is this real life?'"

The band already had the song mastered and ready to put out, so had to hurriedly have it remixed with Hayes' vocals.

"It all happened within a few weeks. When I listen to it and hear his voice on it I still can't believe it," Nelson said.

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Cub Sport, which includes Nelson, his childhood best friend turned husband Sam Netterfield, Dan Puusaari and Zoe Davis, had grown up listening to Brisbane duo Savage Garden, which was Netterfield's first ever concert at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.

Brisbane band Cub Sport with Darren Hayes backstage at their show in Los Angeles in May. Photo: Instagram
Brisbane band Cub Sport with Darren Hayes backstage at their show in Los Angeles in May. Photo: Instagram

Nelson had invited Hayes to their small show in Los Angeles in May, which fell on Hayes' birthday, and to his surprise he looked out to see him in the crowd.

After the show, Hayes wrote to social media: "Felt like I was having one of those 'I was there when..' moments, seeing this clearly stadium energy sized (and talented) band in a venue they'll never play that small again. Tim reminds me of Michael Hutchence and an actual archangel. Sam is magical."

"It's absolutely incredible for anyone to say something about the way I perform is absolutely incredible but for that to be coming from Darren Hayes of all people is next level," Nelson said.

I've Never Cried So Much In My Life was inspired by a moment when Nelson looked at Netterfield and their two Golden Lab-Poodle mixes, Missy and Eve, cuddled up on the couch of their home in Brisbane's northside as they were about to release their self-titled album earlier this year.

"They all just looked so beautiful and happy together and I had this moment of reflection on how far we had come to get to this moment where we were together and proud of our love and able to share that with the world, putting out an album that was all about it," Nelson said.

"It was kind of just a moment of being like, wow, we've made it to hear and I was overcome with joy and I couldn't stop crying, so I wanted to capture that feeling."



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