Words by Cara Williams
As we gear up for the 15-year anniversary of their seminal album Get Born with a celebratory tour and an approaching live album, Get Born: Live At The Forum, released through Bloodlines, we journey back through Jet’s illustrious history and discover how the Melbourne-based rock & roll outfit fast became worldwide sensations and one of the most successful rock bands Australia has ever seen, selling over 6.5 million records worldwide and collecting multiple Gold records.
The rise to Jet’s staggering global acclaim was as rapid as it was unprecedented. Forming in 2001, the rock quartet of brothers Nic (vocals) and Chris Cester (drums), Cameron Muncey (guitar) and Mark Wilson (bass) made their presence known by gigging around the grimy pubs of Melbourne, where they quickly polished their craft and established their underground status as a gritty rock & roll powerhouse. While their sold-out 2002 EP Dirty Sweet offered punters a taste of what was around the corner with their imminent album release, no one could have anticipated the extraordinary success of Jet’s 2003 debut long-player, Get Born.
Get Born (2003)
Laying down tracks in the legendary Sunset Sound Studios in Hollywood with renowned producer Dave Sardy, the band returned to Australia with their new record Get Born in tow. An album replete with monster-hit singles and bona fide sing-alongs like utterly contagious dance floor classics, ‘Are You Gonna Be My Girl’ and ‘Rollover DJ’, riff-loaded rock & roll anthems ‘Cold Hard Bitch’ and ‘Get Me Outta Here’ and the stirring balladry of ‘Look What You’ve Done’, Get Born fast became the soundtrack of 2003. But it was the addition of lead single ‘Are You Gonna Be My Girl’ in Apple’s 2003 iPod commercial that elevated the band into the stratosphere. While the single hit #1 on triple j’s Hottest 100, the album amassed six ARIA awards, sold 3.5 million+ copies worldwide in the first year, reached # 26 on the Billboard 200 chart and #14 in the UK. To cement their skyrocketing status, the band were invited to perform with The Rolling Stones on the Australian leg of their Licks Works Tour in 2003, and with Oasis on their colossal European tour in 2005.
Shine On (2006)
Thankfully, the dizzying success of their debut release didn’t put a dent in the now global superstar’s musical output, with their widely anticipated follow up album coming three years after their debut with the arrival of their sophomore LP, Shine On. The wave of success following Get Born positioned Jet at the forefront of the rock & roll revival, and Shine On further demonstrated why they were the leaders of the pack. Debuting at #3 in the ARIA charts week of release, the album was certified platinum within months, while abroad, the album snagged #13 on the Official UK Top 75 Albums Chart and #16 on the Billboard 200 charts. Overloaded with infectious rock & roll licks and undeniable hooks, the album generated earworms like ‘Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is’ and the riff-heavy single ‘Rip It Up’, along with the crushing title track, ‘Shine On’. While wildly popular abroad it was on home turf where Jet truly reigned supreme, headlining the Big Day Out tour and the AFL Grand Final, thus claiming their stake as certified hometown heroes.
Shaka Rock (2009)
In what would mark as the holy trinity in Jet’s catalogue, Shaka Rock, the band’s final album, provided listeners with one last lap of sonic glory before they would call it a day. Released in August 2009, Shaka Rock served up yet another dose of high voltage guitar hooks and irresistibly catchy tracks, although this time the band’s musical progression was laid out for everyone to hear. From the opening bass line of lead single, ‘She’s a Genius’ to the driving grooves of ‘Beat on Repeat’ and the album’s magnum opus, ‘Seventeen’, Shaka Rock proved to be Jet’s most accomplished record to date. Sticking true to the age-old adage that good things come in threes, the band took a step back from the limelight after the release and officially disbanded in 2012.
Get Born: Live At The Forum (2018)
In an unexpected twist in Jet’s soaring journey, the band have released a never-before pressed live album, Get Born: Live At The Forum through Bloodlines. Coinciding with the fifteenth anniversary of the debut, the live cut heaves with all the favourites from the record, plus a couple of covers tossed into the digital and CD versions for good measure. An essential collector’s item for any rock & roll fan, Jet aficionados can order their copy now.