Released in 2005.
Riding the wave of “old is new” to a whole new audience who was too young to know the old or to have heard it.
Listening to this album got me to call up a 60’s Rock Anthems playlist on Spotify and it’s surprising how many songs released in the 80s moving forward have riffs from 60’s songs. There are the artists that we all know like Hendrix, Cream, The Who, Steppenwolf, The Doors and Zeppelin but artists like The Kinks, The Kingsmen, CCR, The Animals and even Marvin Gaye have been influential in developing the hard rock and heavy metal riffs.
Jet are from Melbourne.
Nic Cester is on vocals and guitar, Chris Cester is on drums and vocals, Cameron Muncey is on guitars and vocals and Mark Wilson is on bass, piano and harmonica.
“Can you give me one more try at that?”
And LOUD RAWK AND ROLL kicks in.
Are You Gonna Be My Girl
It’s sitting at 347.811 million streams on Spotify.
On the Jet YouTube account the video is at 122 million views.
Yeah, it sounds like other songs (Iggy Pop’s “Lust For Life” is mentioned a fair bit), but who cares. Imitation is a form of flattery. And all hit songs are derivative versions of songs which came before.
It’s a Rolling Stones track in the verses and a 12 bar blues track in the Chorus.
Look What You’ve Done
58.066 million streams on Spotify.
A piano riff starts the song, with a Beatle-esque “Sexy Sadie” like vocal. Even the lyrics have a similarity.
The Beatles have “Sexy Sadie, what have you done! / You’ve made a fool of everyone”.
Jet has “Oh, look what you’ve done / You’ve made a fool of everyone”.
Progress is derivative. Take something that came before and tweak it.
Get What You Need
The drum groove gets me, but it’s the reminders of other songs that makes me a fan.
If you’ve heard “All Day And All Of The Night” from The Kinks, you’ll hear some similarities.
If you’ve heard “If It Feels Good, Do It” from Sloan you’ll hear similarities.
And if you played NHL 2004, you would have heard the song and become a fan.
It feels like a Free/Bad Company/Rolling Stones acoustic cut which Guns N Roses also used as an influence for “Patience”.
Say hello to “Hey Jude” or a slower version of “Baby Blue” from Badfinger.
Get Me Outta Here
I went down to the bank just to get me my pay / I’m gonna get me, outta here / I got me some cash, I’m headed back to LA / I’m gonna get me, outta here
Keeping with the theme of “old is new” again, even the lyrics were based on pre 2000 pay days.
Cold Hard Bitch
It’s at 52.995 million streams on Spotify.
They bring so many vibes to this track.
Listen to it and you’ll spot “Woman From Tokyo” by Deep Purple, “Best I Can” by Rush, “Shoot To Thrill“ by AC/DC, “Won’t Get Fooled Again” by The Who and a little bit of Stones mixed in.
Come Around Again
A country rock ballad with a Bad Company feel.
“I don’t know when I’m right that I only know when I’m wrong”
Sometimes our minds become our worst enemies.
Take It Or Leave It
The Kinks “unhinged”.
The “High Voltage” riff to a funky bass riff. Brilliant.
A Beatles influenced Chorus which also reminds me of “Purple Rain” from Prince and “Faithfully” from Journey. Brilliant.
All death is tragic.
The bonus track.
Check out the main riff. It reminds me of “Kings And Queens” from Aerosmith.
They had some serious momentum in promoting this album in Australia with national station Triple J having em in constant rotation that all the other stations followed pretty quickly.
In Australia, it’s 8x Platinum.
In Japan and New Zealand, it’s Gold.
In Argentina, Canada, UK and US, it’s Platinum.
In other words it was everywhere.