Jet - Are You Gonna Be My Girl
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Jet - Are You Gonna Be My Girl: Wikipedia Album Entry
"Are You Gonna Be My Girl" is a song by the Australian rock band Jet, featured on their 2003 album Get Born. It was the first single from the album, released in 2003 in Australia and the UK, and in 2004 in the United States. The song is often cited for similarities to Iggy Pop's "Lust for Life" and The White Stripes's "Screwdriver". However, the beat has been found to have been common in numerous 60s' Motown songs, including "I'm Ready For Love" by Martha And The Vandellas and "You Can't Hurry Love" by The Supremes.
The song peaked at #20 on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart, while in the UK Singles Chart it first appeared on the charts at #23. The single was re-released in the UK in 2004, after it was featured on advertisements for the Apple iPod, and this time reached #16 on the charts. It also gave the band success in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart, peaking at #29. The song also reached #1 on Australian youth radio station Triple J's Hottest 100 in 2003.
Charts (2003) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 20
UK Singles Chart 16
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 29
Ireland Single Chart 18
Covers and acoustic/live versions
An acoustic version of the song features on the bonus CD of Get Born. Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine covered it in a Vegas Lounge style on the 2004 album I'd Like a Virgin. Australian singer Delta Goodrem covered the song on her Visualise Tour in 2005.
The music video is shot in black and white, and shows Jet performing in a blank studio. As they play, black ink starts pouring out of their equipment and forms a landscape resembling the cover art on their album Get Born and The Beatles album Revolver.
Use in other media
The song has been featured in numerous other media, including the feature films EuroTrip (2004), The Longest Yard (2005), Flushed Away (2006), The Holiday (2006) and What Happens in Vegas; episodes of the television shows Scrubs, My Name Is Earl, One Tree Hill, Zoey 101, Tru Calling; and appeared as a playable track in video games Rock Band, SingStar Rocks!, Guitar Hero: On Tour, Rock Revolution, Madden NFL 2004, Taiko Drum Master and as downloadable content in Samba de Amigo for Wii. (or Taiko No Tatsujin). It was also used in advertisements for Apple Inc.'s iPod and Vodafone's Live! range. Wrestler, Victoria Crawford used "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" as her entrance theme in Ohio Valley Wrestling. It was also used in Budweiser and Blue1 commercials. It is also the opening theme for the British stand-up comedy programme Live at the Apollo.
"Are You Gonna Be My Girl"
"You Were Right"
Nic Cester – lead vocals, guitar
Chris Cester – drums, tambourine, backing vocals
Cameron Muncey – lead guitar, backing vocals
Mark Wilson – bass guitar
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