DARREN HAYES’ Whore’s Bath. Look out for that perfume in the future.
Hayes, the only genuine pop star we have created in Australia since Kylie Minogue, has got his pop career back on track with an indulgent but impressive double album this year (This Delicate Thing We’ve Made). He also runs his own label and has financed his concert tour – the most spectacular thing he has done since the heyday of Savage Garden.
He is rich, famous and maybe even a veritable mini-mogul.
“All I need is a perfume,” he jokes.
Detecting a strong aroma on Hayes, I ask if he is wearing his signature range.
“No, that’s a whore’s bath,” he responds, before realising the appeal of such a name.
“I like that. I’m glad I thought of that. I may use that in the future.”
Declaring himself well aware of his tendency towards being a control freak, Hayes says he surrounds himself with people who are prepared to say no, from staff, to the designer of his big flashy stage show, to the producer of his album.
There is democracy, then, although Hayes remains in control. But recently he watched as some things went out of control. An evening at a Thai restaurant in London mid- year led to accusations of racial abuse from a waiter, an arrest and police interview and the kind of newspaper headlines around the world that no quantity of Whore’s Bath could make smell sweet.
The fact that police dismissed the claim and laid no charges was, not surprisingly, given far less coverage.
“The truth is boring,” Hayes says. “I have two examples of this. One is that racist allegation, the other is the break-up of Savage Garden. In both instances I wasn’t guilty of what I was accused of. In both instances I said that from the get-go. In the (Savage Garden) instance it took four years before it became fact that I didn’t break up the band.”
This Delicate Thing We’ve Made out now through Powdered Sugar
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