TITLE: Get Born
YEAR RELEASED: 2003
CHART ACTION: #26 US. #14 UK
SINGLES: Are You Gonna Be My Girl (#29 US, #3 Alternative, #7 Mainstream, #16 UK), Rollover DJ (#14 Alternative, #14 Mainstream, #34 UK), Look What You’ve Done (#37 US, #3 Alternative, #33 Mainstream, #28 UK), Cold Hard Bitch (#55 US, #1 Alternative, #1 Mainstream, #34 UK), Get Me Outta Here (#37 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: None
LINEUP: Nic Ceter, Chris Cester, Cameron Muncey, Mark Wilson with help from Billy Preston, Roger Manning Jr., Dave Sardy, Davey Lane, and Andre Warhurst
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Australian hard-rock revivalists make a sometimes fun record that drags at points.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: While everyone remembers “Are You Gonna Be My Girl”, and some remember “Cold Hard Bitch”, the rest of Jet’s debut did have some decent rock-and-rollers that reminded some of us of the halcyon 8-track tape days.
The pacing and sequencing of the album is fine, with some slower songs mixed in with the rockers. The problem is that Jet’s ballads aren’t up to scratch. They weren’t much in the lyrics department, so the ballads and slower numbers suffer without the hard rock bangers.
Still, there’s enough good stuff to keep this around. You can pick or choose, or just zone out during the slow stuff. That’s when you can go get some more nachos.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: They defended themselves against plagiarizing Iggy Pop by admitting they nicked the Supremes for the rhythm for “Are You Gonna Be My Girl”.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, B-sides, etc. as usual
GRADE B-: Enough good stuff to keep. Just don’t expect lyrical genius.