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Jet Break Up: Ding Dong, 2003 Is Dead!


Either curse whatever devils have something against freaky teen-wolf-meets-Chewbacca videos or praise whatever gods guard against the tarnishing of the Beatles’ and Iggy Pop’s legacies: Australian quartet Jet have announced that, after a decade together, they will break up.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the band’s management company made the announcement today that the foursome would split “to pursue separate creative endeavors.” The band made a statement, too: ” After many successful years of writing, recording and touring we wish to announce our discontinuation as a group. From the many pubs, theatres, stadiums and festivals all across the world it was the fans that made our amazing story possible and we wish to thank them all. Thank you, and goodnight.” And that, folks, is how we finally put the parts of 2003 we’d rather forget to rest.

For those whose attention diverted post-iPod commercial (below), Jet had a ridiculously successful run since their platinum 2003 debut record, Get Born, with two subsequent records, Shine On (2006) and Shaka Rock (2009), helping Jet sell 6.5 million albums worldwide, no doubt to fans who have never heard of AC/DC (or have only heard of AC/DC). Their continued success came with their remarkably savvy use of licensing, which earned them tons of money for song placement in video games (Madden NFL 2004, for example), films (Spidermans 2 and 3), and television (90210) — and obviously, who could forget the placement that defined their legacy, with the “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” iPod commercial sync, below. Whatever those creative endeavors the band are pursuing individually are, we sure hope it’ll be putting that strength to use. Dare we say it? Yes! At long last, we can: No, We Are Not Gonna Be Your Girl. So long, Jet!