Australian garage-rock outfit Jet have decided to call it a day. After 12 years as a band, they've released a farewell statement to their official website.
"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," the post reads.
Though barely a blip on the collective American radar, Jet sold an estimated 6.5 million records worldwide, 3.5 million of which were of their 2003 debut album "Get Born." While the singles "Cold Hard Bitch" and "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" were instant staples on American rock radio, the group struggled to find an audience with followup albums.
The group were the subject of intense media scrutiny following the release of "Are You Gonna Be My Girl". The song bears a striking resemblance to the 1977 Iggy Pop hit "Lust For Life." Though no lawsuit was ever filed, critics never forget the possible plagiarism and routinely gave the band's albums intensely negative reviews. Their 2006 album "Shine On" was even the recipient of a dreaded 0.0 review from hipster music site Pitchfork Media.
"To be honest with you that kind of annoyed me a lot, because I always thought it was really lazy," said Jet drummer Chris Chester. "People just go well 'Lust for Life' is more well-known so that's what they go for, but if you listen to a song like 'You Can't Hurry Love' (The Supremes) I think you'll find it's closer to 'Are You Gonna Be My Girl' than 'Lust for Life' ever was. And that's what Iggy said as well."