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Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 03/27/2012

Jet, of ‘Are You Gonna Be My Girl’ fame, breaks up

Australian rock band Jet has called it quits nearly 10 years after they scored a hit with the single “Are You Gonna Be My Girl.”

Don’t remember them? Well, you probably do remember the commercials for iPods and Budweiser that featured the song, which seemed to make the perfect soundtrack for advertisements.
Chris Cester, Mark Wilson, Nic Cester and Cameron Muncey of the band Jet. (Lisa Maree Williams - GETTY IMAGES)

The band announced the split on its Web site Monday, writing, ”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.

Jet scored big with “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” — a song that many people accused them of cribbing from Iggy Pop’s “Lust for Life” — but their successive efforts, including the records “Shine On” in 2006 and “Shaka Rock” in 2009,” failed to gain as much traction. But the royalties from those commercials, as well as licensing for video games like Rock Band, will perhaps ensure that the members' retirement will be a comfortable one.

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