29 July 2009

MM Vol 2 - 086 - Phantom Planet


MM Vol 2 #086

Phantom Planet

"California"

(2002)
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................Genre: Pop Rock...............
created by icedramen
Phantom Planet's song "California" had a bit of a revival in 2005 for the soppy forlorn TV show The OC [yawn]. Phantom Planet decided to do a slower version of the original that they made in 2002. I can't help wonder if that is actually possible? Still, when i first heard this song in 2002, it was a very pleasant song and most worthy of including it in a Mellow Mix Volume, however it would be another 4 years on before I would include another song from Phantom Planet in MM Vol 6. Now, the song "California" is very Beatle'ish with a hint of Mama's and the Papa's and a touch of the Eagles thrown in for melody. The only thing missing from this song that would have made it legendary is a guitar solo, oh and the fact it is a tad short in length. Maybe the guitar solo would have helped that problem. All in all, a very good song indeed and almost worthy of a Definitive 1000 placing.
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L.A.'s Phantom Planet formed at a local Pizza Hut in 1994, years before the bandmates' association with The O.C. helped catapult their mix of power pop songcraft and indie rock guitars into the mainstream. During the band's early stages, members Jacques Brautbar (guitar), Sam Farrar (bass), Alex Greenwald (vocals/guitar), Darren Robinson (guitar), and Jason Schwartzman (drums) played around with post-grunge stylings while taking their name from a 1960s sci-fi film. The band's moniker wasn't the only thing linking them to the movies, however. Schwartzman is the nephew of Francis Ford Coppola and the son of Talia Shire, and he later made a name for himself by starring in such films as Rushmore (1998) and Slackers (2002). Greenwald spent time modeling and became a familiar face in the chic Gap commercials during the new millennium; he also played a sociopath in the black comedy flick Donnie Darko (2001). Finally, Farrar is the son of renowned singer/songwriter John Farrar, who penned "You're the One That I Want" and "Hopelessly Devoted to You" for the 1978 smash musical Grease, as well as other chart-toppers for Olivia Newton-John.
class of 94'
Phantom Planet began playing shows throughout the L.A. area during the mid-'90s, which helped them ink a deal with Geffen Records in 1997. The group's debut album, Phantom Planet Is Missing, arrived the following year. Critics weren't quick to champion the band's sound, but Phantom Planet still enjoyed a heightened profile, with several members landing guest spots on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and Get Real. In early 2001, Phantom Planet returned to the studio to work on a follow-up effort with Tchad Blake (Pearl Jam, Sheryl Crow) and Mitchell Froom (Elvis Costello, Paul McCartney). A year later, The Guest appeared on the Dreamworks label, and "California" was picked as the opening theme to the wildly popular television series The O.C. Nevertheless, Jason Schwartzman announced his departure from the band in August 2003, although he continued to release music with his own Coconut Records project. Phantom Planet's 2004 self-titled third album introduced their new drummer, Jeff Conrad, while the band moved to Fueled by Ramen for the release of 2008's Raise the Dead. ~ [Andrew Leahey & MacKenzie Wilson, All Music Guide]
For the Beatles see Def 1000 Number 489, #587, #894 & #947
For the Eagles see Def 1000 Number 509
For Olivia Newton John see Def 1000 Number 985
For Pearl Jam see Def 1000 Number 418, #505, MM Vol 1 #116
For Elvis Costello see Def 1000 Number 876
For Paul McCartney see Def 1000 Number 583
This song has a crowbarred rating of 83 out of 108
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