Get Born

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Get Born
Studio album by Jet
Released 14 September 2003
Recorded Sunset Sound Studios, 2003
Genre Garage rock, hard rock, alternative rock
Length 49:00
Label Elektra, Capitol[1]
Producer Dave Sardy
Jet chronology
Dirty Sweet EP
(2003)
Get Born
(2003)
Rare Tracks
(2004)

Get Born is the debut studio album by Australian rock band Jet. It was released on 14 September 2003 and has sold over 3.5 million copies worldwide. The album includes Jet's most popular song, "Are You Gonna Be My Girl".[2]

Making of the album[edit]

Jet entered the Sunset Sound Studios in Los Angeles with Dave Sardy to produce their debut album Get Born. Sardy had previously produced records for Marilyn Manson and The Dandy Warhols. The band left the recording studios halfway through recording the album to fly back to support the Rolling Stones on their 2003 Australian tour.

"Are You Gonna Be My Girl", from this album, was voted number one in the 2003 Triple J Hottest 100. Get Born also has a song, "Timothy", dedicated to guitarist Cameron Muncey's brother, who died when he was a baby (the song has also been remixed for American rapper Timbaland's 2009 album Shock Value II). The track "Radio Song" was written about when they were an unsigned band in Melbourne seeking attention, and "Rollover DJ" was written about the difficulty they encountered when trying to play gigs because of the takeover of dance music.

The album derived its name from the video for Bob Dylan's song "Subterranean Homesick Blues".[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[4]
Alternative Press 5/5 stars[5]
Blender 3.5/5 stars[6]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention)[7]
Entertainment Weekly B+[8]
Pitchfork Media 3.7/10[9]
Q 4/5 stars[10]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[11]
Spin B–[12]
Uncut 2/5 stars[13]

Get Born received generally positive reviews from contemporary music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 70, based on 15 reviews.[14] Alternative Press gave it a rave review and found Jet's songs "catchy" and their appeal "diverse".[5] Q magazine said that the album's raw immediacy "belies its dated influences."[10] Uncut called it "an efficient if fairly joyless hybrid of the Stones, AC/DC and Oasis."[13] In a negative review, Pitchfork Media wrote that Jet sounds like "everyone's favorite old rock bands" and have "insipid lyrics", including interjections such as "Come On!" and "Oh Yeah!" sung "every five seconds".[9] Robert Christgau of The Village Voice cited "Rollover D.J." and "Look What You've Done" as highlights and remarked that the band has "the juice and talent to make their retro happen without the brains or vision to run with it".[15] He gave the album a two-star honorable mention,[7] indicating a "likable effort consumers attuned to its overriding aesthetic or individual vision may well enjoy."[16] In October 2010, Get Born was listed in the book 100 Best Australian Albums.[17]

Lead single[edit]

The album's lead single, "Are You Gonna Be My Girl", was often singled out due to distinct similarities to Iggy Pop's "Lust for Life". The song featured a near-identical guitar riff, as well as a drum pattern markedly similar to that of Pop's well-known song. The band argued that "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" had more in common with '60s Motown, however - namely songs such as "I'm Ready for Love" by Martha And The Vandellas and "You Can't Hurry Love" by The Supremes. In an Allmusic review of "Are You Gonna Be My Girl", the song was praised for its commercial appeal despite its resemblance to "Lust for Life", saying "Whether 'Are You Gonna Be My Girl?' (sic) is creatively bankrupt, or just an extreme example of how all music is influenced by what came before it, is up for debate... Either way, the song is impossible to ignore.[18]

Chris Cester addressed the media speculation in a Jared story interview for Uptown Magazine Online,[19] stating: "It's funny because I asked him point blank about that. He said I was crazy. He said that when he and David Bowie were writing 'Lust for Life', they were ripping off Motown's beat. It's funny that he said that to me because we also thought we were ripping off Motown more than 'Lust for Life'. To be honest with you that kind of annoyed me a lot, because I always thought it was really lazy. People just go well 'Lust for Life' is more well-known so that's what they go for, but if you listen to a song like 'You Can't Hurry Love' (The Supremes) I think you'll find it's closer to 'Are You Gonna Be My Girl' than 'Lust for Life' ever was. And that's what Iggy said as well."[19]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Nic Cester and Cameron Muncey, except where mentioned.

No. Title Length
1. "Last Chance"   1:52
2. "Are You Gonna Be My Girl"   3:34
3. "Rollover DJ" (N. Cester, C. Cester, C. Muncey) 3:17
4. "Look What You've Done" (N. Cester) 3:50
5. "Get What You Need" (N. Cester, C. Cester, C. Muncey) 4:08
6. "Move On" (N. Cester, C. Cester) 4:21
7. "Radio Song"   4:32
8. "Get Me Outta Here" (N. Cester, C. Cester) 2:56
9. "Cold Hard Bitch" (N. Cester, C. Cester, C. Muncey) 4:03
10. "Come Around Again"   4:30
11. "Take It or Leave It"   2:23
12. "Lazy Gun" (N. Cester, C. Cester) 4:42
13. "Timothy" (C. Cester) 4:32
Total length:
49:00
Limited edition bonus track
No. Title Length
14. "Sgt. Major" (N. Cester, C. Cester) 4:04

B-sides[edit]

  1. "Hold On" – featured on the soundtrack for the movie Spider-Man 2
  2. "Hey Kids" – B-side to "Are You Gonna Be My Girl"; also featured on the soundtrack to the movie Elektra and later as a bonus track on their 2006 album Shine On.
  3. "You Were Right" – B-side to "Are You Gonna Be My Girl"
  4. "Everlovin Man" – B-side to "Cold Hard Bitch"
  5. "Aint That a Lotta Love" – B-side to "Cold Hard Bitch"
  6. "You Don't Look the Same" – B-side to "Cold Hard Bitch"
  7. "Bruises" – B-side to "Look What You've Done"
  8. "Cigarettes and Cola" – B-side to "Look What You've Done"
  9. "Backdoor Santa" – B-side to "Rollover DJ"
  10. "Sgt. Major" – B-side to "Rollover DJ", Bonus track in limited editions of Get Born
  11. "That's All Right Mama" – Featured on bonus disc in limited editions of Get Born

Note: Live versions of "Cold Hard Bitch", "Move On", "Are You Gonna Be My Girl", "Get Me Outta Here" and "Last Chance" are featured on a bonus DVD or CD on limited editions of Get Born

Personnel[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Producer: Dave Sardy

Charting positions[edit]

Get Born debuted at #3 and peaked at #1 on the Australian ARIA Albums Chart as of May 2004 (so far being certified 8X Platinum), #17 on the UK Albums Chart (#14 after a re-entry in June 2004), and has peaked at #26 on the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart (and being certified Platinum).

"Are You Gonna Be My Girl?" also peaked at #20 and certified gold on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart, #23 on the UK Singles Chart in September 2003 (#16 after a re-release in May 2004), and #29 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

The second single, "Rollover DJ", was released in Australia and the UK, and peaked at #31 and #34 respectively.

The third single released in Australia and the UK was "Look What You've Done", which peaked at #14 and #28 respectively. It was also released as the third single in the U.S. in January 2005, and reached #37 as of March 2005.

In the U.S., "Cold Hard Bitch" has been released as the second single reaching number one on the Billboard Modern Rock and Mainstream Rock charts and number 55 on the Billboard Hot 100 as of May 2004. In Australia, it was released as the fourth single in July 2004, and has reached #33 in August 2004, and in the UK, it reached #34 in September 2004.

A fifth single also charted in the UK, this being "Get Me Outta Here", reaching #37 in December 2004.

In the week ending 11 September 2006, Get Born re-entered at a position of #46 on the ARIA Charts, presumably due to the fact that Jet had "Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is", the lead single from their second album, Shine On.

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jet (2) - Get Born (CD, Album) at Discogs
  2. ^ Jet Get Born Limited Edition DVD 15.03.04
  3. ^ "Subterranean Homesick Blues"
  4. ^ Sendra, Tim. Get Born at AllMusic. Retrieved 24 April 2005.
  5. ^ a b "Review: Get Born". Alternative Press: 112. November 2003. 
  6. ^ "Review: Get Born". Blender (New York): 114. November 2003. 
  7. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "Album: Jet: Get Born". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Review: Get Born". Entertainment Weekly (New York): 82. 17 October 2003. 
  9. ^ a b Sylvester, Nick (30 October 2003). "Jet Get Born > Album Review". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 28 March 2006. 
  10. ^ a b "Review: Get Born". Q (London): 108. October 2003. 
  11. ^ Kemp, Rob (27 November 2003). "Jet Get Born > Album Review". Rolling Stone (936). Archived from the original on 14 January 2007. Retrieved 20 June 2007. 
  12. ^ "Breakdown". Spin (New York): 117. November 2003. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  13. ^ a b "Review: Get Born". Uncut (London): 109. November 2003. 
  14. ^ "Get Born Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 27 November 2012. 
  15. ^ Christgau, Robert (18 January 2005). "Consumer Guide: Heads, Future and Past". The Village Voice (New York). Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  16. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000). "Key to Icons". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  17. ^ O'Donnell, John; Creswell, Toby; Mathieson, Craig (October 2010). 100 Best Australian Albums. Prahran, Vic: Hardie Grant Books. ISBN 978-1-74066-955-9. 
  18. ^ Phares, Heather. Are You Gonna Be My Girl > Song Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 17 December 2006.
  19. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  20. ^ "ARIA Chart Sales – ARIA End of Decade Albums/Top 100". ARIA Charts. Retrieved 12 December 2010. 
Preceded by
Michael Bublé by Michael Bublé
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
17–30 May 2004
Succeeded by
Under My Skin by Avril Lavigne