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JET

Jet were an Australian rock band formed in 2001.


The band consisted of lead guitarist Cameron Muncey, bassist Mark Wilson, and br
others Nic and Chris Cester on vocals/rhythm guitar and drums respectively.[1] T
he group sold 6.5 million albums.[2] The band's end was announced in 2012.
Origin
Genres
Years active
Labels
Associated acts
DAMNDOGS
Past members

Melbourne, Australia
Garage rock, hard rock, alternative rock
2001 2012
Atlantic, Elektra, EMI Music Group, Rubber
The Bamboos, The CA$inos, The Wrights, TISM,
Nic Cester
Cameron Muncey
Chris Cester
Mark Wilson

Brothers Nic Cester and Chris Cester grew up in Dingley Village, a suburb just o
ut of Melbourne, Victoria, and attended St Bede's College Mentone, listening to
their father's classic rock records from the 1960s and 1970s.
However, according to Nic, it was Australian band You Am I who had the biggest i
nfluence on Jet's developing musical tastes:
"Hi Fi Way was the most important album of my generation. ... I think everyo
ne our age, who played guitar, played You Am I songs for the first time in front
of their school assembly. ... That was the record that made you realise you cou
ld be in an Australian band, you didn't have to be a grunge band and you didn't
have to be influenced by American bands. It changed everything."
The brothers decided to form a band with Cameron Muncey, Nic's friend and previo
us bandmate, and with bassist Doug Armstrong whom Nic and Chris met while workin
g together at their father's spice factory. During 2001 an old high school frien
d of Chris' joined the band on keyboard, and it was at this time that the band t
ook their current name. They wanted a short name so when it showed up on festiva
l advertisements, it would be large and bold in print. "Radio Song", from their
album Get Born, was written about the troubles that the band had getting recogni
tion at this time. Jet got their big break when seminal Melbourne Punk rock ban
d The Specimens took Jet under their wing and put them on as an opening act at T
he Duke of Windsor. This is where Dave Powell first saw the band perform and wen
t on to sign them to his management firm Majorbox.
The new band met Mark Wilson one
having a bass player, asked him
in a band called The CA$inos, so
r he called the band and said he

night in 2002 at a concert and, despite already


to play with them. Wilson was then the bassist
he initially declined. However, a few days late
would like to join them instead.

In 2002 the band released the Dirty Sweet EP, whose initial 1000 copies quickly
sold out. NME obtained a copy of the single from Dirty Sweet, "Take It or Leave
It", and praised it. Elektra Records offered the band a contract and re-released
Dirty Sweet in 2003.
Get Born (2003)
Jet entered the Sunset Sound Studios in Los Angeles with Dave Sardy and James Do
novan to produce their debut album Get Born. Sardy had previously produced recor
ds for Marilyn Manson and The Dandy Warhols. They also enlisted the services of
keyboard maestro Billy Preston for two of the songs. The album derived its name
from the blockbuster action movie, The Bourne Identity, starring Matt Damon as J
ason Bourne. Halfway through recording, the band received a call from The Rollin
g Stones offering them a support slot on the Australian leg of their 2003 tour.

Jet played more than 200 shows in 2003.


Their singles "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" and "Rollover DJ" were voted number one
and number nineteen respectively on the 2003 Triple J Hottest 100. "Are You Gon
na Be My Girl" appeared on the soundtracks for the video games Madden NFL 2004,
Guitar Hero: On Tour and Rock Band, on Strictly Come Dancing and the 2006 animat
ed film Flushed Away, and the 2008 film What Happens in Vegas. It was also part
of two major worldwide advertising campaigns for Apple's iPod and iMac and for V
odafone. "Rollover DJ" features on the soundtrack to PlayStation 2 game Gran Tur
ismo 4. Get Born also includes the song "Timothy", dedicated to deceased brother
of vocalist/guitarist Cameron Muncey, who died before Cameron was born. Due to
the sensitive nature of the song, the band rarely plays "Timothy" live.
In early 2004, Jet teamed up with The Vines and The Living End on "the Aussie in
vasion" tour of US cities. A new Jet song not included on Get Born, called "Hold
On", was featured on the Spider-Man 2 soundtrack that year. TV/film producer J.
J. Abrams
whose credits include Lost and Felicity
contacted Jet to record a son
g for the Season 4 premiere to his show Alias. "Cold Hard Bitch" from Get Born w
as used, and became the soundtrack to a frenetic scene of two CIA agents sprinti
ng down a Hong Kong street, giving Jet further US exposure.
Later the same year, Jet received nominations for the annual Radio Music Awards,
including 'Artist of the Year: Rock Radio', 'Artist of the Year: Rock Alternati
ve Radio', and 'Song of the Year: Rock Radio' (for "Cold Hard Bitch"). Still in
the U.S. Jet received the 32nd Annual American Music Awards nomination as 'Favor
ite Artist Alternative Music', as well as three nominations for the 2004 MTV Vid
eo Music Awards, held in Miami in August. "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" was nominat
ioned for Best Rock Video, Best New Artist and Best Editing in a video. Jet perf
ormed "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" live at the ceremony and picked up the award fo
r Best Rock Video, dedicating the award to Chris and Nic's late father John Cest
er. Following their success in Miami, back home in Australia the band was nomina
ted in seven categories at the 2004 ARIA (Australian Record Industry Association
) Music Awards, receiving nominations in a stunning seven categories; 'Album of
the Year', 'Single of the Year' (for "Are You Gonna Be My Girl"), 'Best Group',
'Best Rock Album', 'Breakthrough Artist
Album', 'Breakthrough Artist Single' (fo
r "Are You Gonna Be My Girl"), and 'Highest Selling Album'. At the awards ceremo
ny on 17 October 2004, Jet dominated the ceremony receiving six awards out of th
e seven nominations. Nic Cester also performed as part of supergroup The Wrights
, featuring members of other Australian rock bands Spiderbait (Kram, drums), The
Living End (Chris Cheney, guitar), Dallas Crane (Pat Bourke, bass) and You Am I
/The Pictures (Davey Lane, guitar).
Shine On (2006)
The debut single from the band's second album Shine On, titled "Put Your Money W
here Your Mouth Is", was released to radio on 7 August 2006. Shine On was releas
ed on 30 September 2006 (2 October in the UK, 3 October in the US) with a final
track listing of 15 songs. It debuted at No. 3 on the Australian charts. Critica
l reaction to the album was mixed with British music magazine NME calling the re
cord "another joyfully old-fashioned rock'n'roll album immersed in the classics.
" but influential American music blog Pitchfork gave the album 0 out of 10 stars
and using an embedded video of a monkey urinating in its own mouth as the entir
e content of the review. The song also appeared on NME?'?s compilation CD, NME:
The Essential Bands
Festival Edition.
"Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is" appeared on the "Chuck (TV series)" pilot e
pisode; Season 1 Episode 1 "Chuck Versus the Intersect".
Jet played at the MTV Europe Awards in Copenhagen. It was their first live perfo
rmance since Nic Cester's laryngitis halted their World Tour. In November 2006 J
et flew back to Australia to perform at the Make Poverty History Concert in Melb

ourne at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl; upon their return they also held a secret s
how on a barge floating on the Yarra River. The second singles from the album, "
Bring It on Back" (in the UK) and "Rip It Up" (in Australia) were released in No
vember 2006. The album also spawned an EP, the Shine On EP released December 200
6.
The title track, "Shine On", was released on various dates in March 2007 around
the world as the third single (second single in some countries). The song is a t
ribute to Nic and Chris Cester's father, who died from cancer in 2004. It was wr
itten by Nic Cester from the perspective of his father encouraging those who sur
vive him to "shine on". Many songs on the album ("Come On Come On", "Bring It on
Back", "Stand Up", "Holiday", "All You Have to Do") are primarily about overcom
ing adversity and challenge.
Jet co-headlined a series of shows during the 2007 Big Day Out festival in Austr
alia and New Zealand, with acts Tool, Muse, The Killers, and My Chemical Romance
. The band played their Rip It Up Oz tour in late May and June 2007, which was s
upported by Channel V. Also in 2007, they released a new song for the Spider-Man
3 soundtrack titled "Falling Star". In addition, their song "Rip It Up" appeare
d on the TMNT soundtrack. It also became the official theme for the wrestling sh
ow WWE Summerslam. In August, the band was again asked to support The Rolling St
ones on the European leg of their World Tour. Jet played multiple support slots
for the Stones in both Spain and London's O2 Arena.
In October 2007, the band returned to Australia to perform at the AFL Grand Fina
l and to finish the rest of their world tour. They announced on their website th
at they would begin production on their third studio album, due for a 2008 relea
se. However in November, the band announced they would take "some time off". The
y stated that after touring for Shine On they needed some "down time". On 24 Oct
ober Chris and Mark produced a song, under the name "The Vice Lords" for the Jap
anese former duo Superfly titled "I Spy I Spy".
Shaka Rock is the third and final studio album by Australian rock band Jet, rele
ased on 21 August 2009.
The band began working on the album in 2008. After touring was completed for the
ir previous album, Shine On, the band took a short break. The album was original
ly thought to be released in late 2008 but a secret show was played in Melbourne
in December 2008 only to debut new material. Various tracks that are featured o
n the album were played at this concert including the first single "She's a Geni
us". In an interview with MTV's Ruby Rose on Channel 10's 7pm Project, it was sa
id two unnamed tracks were recorded in Australia, one in Melbourne and one in Sy
dney. The album was posted on 20 August 2009 on the band's MySpace page.
The track "K.I.A (Killed in Action)" was added to Jet's website in early April 2
009. Altsounds.com first reported on the album in late April 2009 - drawing on i
nformation from the leaked press kit and providing the image of the album cover.