Jet

Are You Gonna Be My Girl

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With a driving bassline, tambourines and a surging, one-chord wonder riff that all bear a more-than-passing resemblance to Iggy Pop's classic "Lust for Life," Jet's "Are You Gonna Be My Girl?" is one of the most immediate -- if not creative -- singles to come out of the garage rock revival of the early 2000s. Jet only steals from the best, but they do add something of their own identity along the way. Singer Cameron Muncey's shredded, nasal voice recalls countless rock singers (including his contemporary Jack White), but his delivery and the song's flirtatious subject matter do help separate the song somewhat from its looming influences. "Are You Gonna Be My Girl?" is utterly simple, confident and brimming over with energy; on the quieter sections of its verses, you can hear the band's amps buzz, ready for the next onslaught. Unlike some of the relatively more forward-thinking garage rock revivalists, who try to bring something a little arty or different to the sonic touchstones of the '60s and '70s, Jet distills the best feel-good moments of that era into one almost frighteningly catchy single. Aside from the band's own youthful energy, the most modern thing about the song might be the girl herself: with her "big black boots/Long brown hair/She's so sweet with her/get back stare," she is presented as more than a little tough, and more than enough of a match for the singer. Whether "Are You Gonna Be My Girl?" is creatively bankrupt, or just an extreme example of how all music is influenced by what came before it, is up for debate (and may even depend on your mood). Either way, the song is impossible to ignore.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Get Born 2003
Jet
Elektra 3:36
Big Day Out 2004 2004
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:34
Rollover DJ [CD #1] 2004
Jet
Warner Bros.
Look What You've Done 2004
Jet
Elektra 0:00
Totally Hits 2004 2004
Various Artists
BMG / Warner 3:37
Now!, Vol. 9 [Canada] 2004
Various Artists
Maple Nationwide 3:36
Family Style [DVD] 2004
Jet
Elektra
Drive Time [Universal/WB] 2005
Various Artists
WEA / Warner Special Marketing 3:34
Sugar Rush 2005
Various Artists
Universal International 3:35
Anthems [Universal] 2006
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 3:32
Flushed Away 2006
Original Soundtrack
Astralwerks / EMI 3:34
Smashed 2007
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 3:32
50 Years of Australian Rock & Roll 2008
Various Artists
WEA International 3:36
Epic: Bands Tracks & Anthems 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:35
Festivals: The Collection 2013
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 3:36
100 Hits: Driving Rock [2013] 2013
Various Artists
Ultimate Collection / Union Square Music 3:34
Driving Songs: The Collection 2014
Various Artists
Rhino 3:34
Ultimate Aussie BBQ Soundtrack 2018
Various Artists
Universal 3:35
100 Greatest Classic Rock Songs
Various Artists
Rhino 3:36
100 Greatest Rock
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 3:36
Alt Rock [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 3:36
Back to School Classics
Various Artists
Rhino 3:36
Born to Rock: 60 Tracks of Classic Rock
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 3:36
Greatest Ever! Dad: The Definitive Collection
Various Artists
Union Square Music 3:34
Indie Anthems: The Collection
Various Artists
Rhino 0:00
Party Time! 50 Classic Party Tracks
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 3:36
Rock City [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino 3:36
Rock Classics: The Collection
Various Artists
Rhino
Rock [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino 3:33