Are You Gonna Be My Girl – Jet

Jet are a rock band from Melbourne, Australia composed of Cameron Muncey, Mark Wilson, and brothers Nic and Chris Cester.

Brothers Nic Cester and Chris Cester grew up in Dingley Village, a suburb just out Melbourne, Victoria, listening to classic rock from the 1960s and 1970s such as The Who, AC/DC, The Easybeats, Faces, The Loved Ones and particularly The Rolling Stones and The Beatles; these were their father’s records. In an interview for the documentary “Take It Or Leave It”, which was on the band’s Right! Right! Right! live DVD,

They decided to form a band with Cameron Muncey, Nic’s friend from school and with whom he had been in a band, and with bassist Doug Armstrong whom Nic and Chris met whilst working together at their Dad’s spice factory.

During 2001 an old high school friend of Chris’ joined the band on keyboard, and it was at this time that the band took their current name. They wanted a short name so when it shows up on festival advertisements, it’s large and bold in print. “Radio Song”, from their album Get Born, was written about the troubles that the band had getting recognition at this time. Jet got their big break when seminal Melbourne Punk rock band The Specimens took Jet under their wing and put them on as an opening act at The Duke of Windsor. This is where Dave Major first saw the band perform and went on to sign them to his management firm Majorbox.

The new band met Mark Wilson one night in 2002 at a concert and, despite already having a bass player, asked him to play with them. Wilson was then the bassist in a band called The Ca$inos, so he initially declined. However, a few days later he called the band and said he would like to join them instead.

In 2002 the band, consisting of its current members, released the Dirty Sweet EP, which drew its name from the T.Rex song “Bang a Gong (Get It On)”. While the band only pressed 1,000 copies, there was such a demand that they pressed 1,000 more. The timing of this record coincided with the breakthrough of The Vines, meaning that international interest in Australian rock bands was high. NME obtained a copy of the single from Dirty Sweet, “Take It or Leave It”, and praised it. Elektra Records offered the band a contract and re-released Dirty Sweet in 2003.

Are You Gonna Be My Girl

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Let’s go!!

I said a 1,2,3, take my hand and come with me
‘Cause you look so fine
And I really wanna make you mine.

I said you look so fine
And I really wanna make you mine.

Oh, 4,5,6 come on and get your kicks
Now you dont need that money
When you look like that, do ya honey?

Big black boots,
Long brown hair,
She’s so sweet
With her get back stare.

Well I could take,
You home with me,
But you were with another man, yeah!
I know we ain’t got, much to say,
Before I let you get away, yeah!
I said, are you gonna be my girl?

Well, so 1,2,3, take my hand and come with me
Because you look so fine
And I really wanna make you mine.

I said you look so fine
And I really wanna make you mine.

Oh, 4,5,6 come on and get your kicks
Now you dont need that money
With a face like that, do ya…

Big black boots,
Long brown hair,
She’s so sweet
With her get back stare.

Well I could see,
You home with me,
But you were with another man, yeah!
I know we ain’t got, much to say,
Before I let you get away, yeah!
I said, are you gonna be my girl?

Oh Yeah
Oh Yeah
C’mon
I could see,
You home with me,
But you were with another man, yeah!
I know we, ain’t got much to say,
Before I let you get away, yeah!
Uh, be my girl.
Be my girl.
Are you gonna be my girl? Yeah!

  • Audio from the 2003 album, Get Born:

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DJ Allyn is a burned out radio guy who went on to become a burned out sound engineer for a few Seattle area grunge bands in the 1980s and 1990s. Left the madness of worldwide tours with bands, cleaned up my act and went into the relative sanity of sound engineering for television series. Currently working as the Director of Sound for a television series being filmed in North Vancouver, British Columbia. I am always on the lookout for interesting videos, old music, and fun.

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