A postmortem defense of Jet

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Here's Jet before the crash.
It might not seem like a big deal that much-maligned Australian band Jet announced their "discontinuation as a group" on Tuesday. Most of the people who will read this post had long ago written off Jet as sell-out, half-assed imitators who got lucky once, but we all know deep down that's not true.

You can say what you will about them (and everyone has a passionate opinion about this band one way or the other), but their breakup is more important than it may seem on its surface. Ultimately it may say more about music lovers/critics/bloggers, etc. as a whole than it does about the four men in the band itself.

Jet was one of the first bands of the '00s to get taken in by the fickle hipsters and then get their skulls crushed by that same group for doing what all bands want to do -- and sort of are supposed to do. They became wildly popular. Then, all the critics who hailed them as the second coming of AC/DC turned on them with venom so poisonous it could have wiped out an entire pack of Outback dingoes. It was sort of frightening to watch. 


"Cold Hard Bitch" -- which is four minutes of the best guitar licks Angus Young never played -- suddenly seemed to be everywhere, but not the "everywhere" discerning music fans are comfortable with. Everyone you knew suddenly seemed to own Get Born, and it was fun to play at parties and in the car and, well, anywhere. It showed up in a Budweiser commercial and was featured in the television show Alias.

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regular dad
regular dad

Awful generic ripoff band. Good riddance. Their songs are for simpletons. Mass-produced board room bs.

Angie
Angie

I like Jet. Those of you propping yourselves up on these ridiculous pedestals snubbing bands because they draw influence from the bands of rock and roll past are in for the hardest, most explosive crash of all. When some cold, hard bitches put their boots up your ass and knock you down.

regular dad
regular dad

horrible derivative simpleton bs. enjoy.

Mac Wilson
Mac Wilson

"Look What You've Done" is the only palatable thing they ever did -- actually beating Snow Patrol's "Run" and Keane's "Somewhere Only We Know" to the punch by a few months. But nobody needed the blogosphere to recognize that "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" and "Rollover DJ" were lousy, and it only got worse from there. Also a little unfair to Wolfmother and the Darkness, who always conducted affairs with tongues planted firmly in cheek.

Eksmit3
Eksmit3

I nominate Nic Cester to be lead vocalist of the newly formed and soon to be RNRHOF inductees the Faces.  Rod can't sing rock and roll anymore, and Mick Hucknall (Simply Red?) !?!...Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes would be my next choice...Comments?

Alirox
Alirox

Jet was very derivative: I thought that Cold Hard Bitch was a Buckcherry song when I first heard it.

Tom
Tom

You mean it's not? Could have fooled me!

Learn something new every day on this blog.

Cbats
Cbats

This revisionist history is absurd. Jet was not turned on by the blogosphere, they were shit on from the very beginning. The music world didn't lose anything from their break up.

taxpayer
taxpayer

jet was never a hip band, it's not like they putzed around on indie labels for years before they got big. their first single, which was the first exposure most americans had to them, was "are you gonna be my girl" which was a shockingly blatant iggy pop rip that was everywhere overnight.

pitchfork gave their first album a 3.7 upon release, not at ALL indicative of the "taken in by hipsters and then discarded" career path you're laying out here.

this is just awful writing, is no one editing you?

m1kesa1m0ns
m1kesa1m0ns

When I'm in the car and I catch "Cold Hard Bitch" on the local "new rock" (heh) station, I always turn it up. It's loud, brief, simple and straight up, what music that calls itself rock and roll should be, in stark contrast to the posturing and noodling that usually gets airplay. So what if they were derivative and most of their catalog was not up to snuff? They still had a couple of killer tracks that make me shake it, and that's why I will always regard them with fondness.

John Taylor
John Taylor

I didn't dislike Jet because they were popular.  I dislike Jet because their music was at its best, unoriginal, and at its worst, totally obnoxious.

solace
solace

Rolling Stone only gave Get Born 3 stars outta 5 and they're usually pretty big into stuff like that. Contrast to Pitchfork's 3.7/10.

i guess I just don't recall them ever being all that well liked by hardcore music fans or critics, their main audience seemed to be mainstream rock radio listeners. 

solace
solace

i'm with you John... actually am surprised to find many big music fans who thought fondly of them at all (first album or later ones), then or now. most of the critics and friends I knew at the time didn't care for them at all really, myself included.

they always seemed like a 93x type band from the start to me.I did see them live once at the Quest (along w/ an even more terrible Australian band, The Vines), i simply went to see a truly GREAT Aussie rock band, The Living End, and they were at least fairly convincing live.i have nothing against Jet personally, as far as generic riff rock goes, they're inoffensive enough. personally i'd rather listen to D4 (anyone remember them? no not Dillinger Four).

nixxistix
nixxistix

Good job Pat. *applause*

You are so spot on. Don't go too mainstream or you'll lose all your street cred.

What a joke. But true.

CjamesAndersen
CjamesAndersen

So wait? I thought this article was "In Defense of Jet", not "How to Beat a Dead Horse". Opps I mean "Why I Hate Hipsters".

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