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Phantom Planet

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.

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, Rovi
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That awkward moment when you've used up all your skips...
Great band, needs to be waaay more popular.
wow, 5 months since the last comment. These guys are faaaaading.
Fairly certain these guys don't have one bad song.
Reminds me of riding to high school in two beautiful twin sisters' station wagon, singing along to Phantom Planet, Chris Isaak, and Tom Petty at 6:30 a.m., 10 miles through the foggy Oregon woods to get to zero period Journalism. It was great
Does anyone remember these guys contributing to the soundtrack for the old Xbox game called Stubbs the Zombie?? That's got to be my favorite video game sdtk of all-time.
mattman_30
The baseline (did i use that term correctly?) at the end of their Big Brat music video is still stuck in my head.
Love them. :) amazing connections, though.
Sound a lot like Augustana, which I love!!!!
crazyhade
Good song
Can't beleive schwartzman is also in a band. I know him from Bored to Death
Raise the Dead is an exceptional album. I am not ashamed to say I'm addicted to it. They are supposed to be getting back together for a reunion tour this year!
ok band, but i think its safe to say they got their big break because every member of the band was related to an already famous/rich, parent/famil y member.
Died prematurely. Raise the dead marked the moment when they were really hitting their stride as song writers.
try out coconut records if you liked these guys. schwartzmans new band way better
what an interesting band story. not your typical band beginnings. these guys seem to have done this on the side.
theamazinghu l a h i p p o
But Alex Greenwald was.
congalong
Schwartzman wasn't in Donnie Darko.
I've got freon in my eye!
crazy good band
they're just ok
I romanticize to the sound of Phantom Planet...I wish the O.C. didn't go off the air!!! :-(
I LOVE LOVE LOOVVEEE PHANTOM PLANET!! ♥♫
Phantom Planet lives on, it always will.
sophiethimme s
absquatulate to leave sudenly. and thats what im going to do. =)
lethbria
Raychel, did you make Phantom Planet break up when you talked to them?
rayjay92
Phantom Planet broke up Nov, 25th 2008.


this day will always have a place in my heart
rayjay92
i met phantom planet earlier this week, during the show i interacted with Alex and Darren. my friends are like phantom planmet's biggest fans so they were going crazy when alex was talking to us during the show. i got a oick and a signed poster. i am in love with phantom planet. jeranimo or however you spell it is the best song ever.(rough sex) they just put a good feeling in your heart.
anonymouspla y w r i g h t
Alex is my best friend. <3
Phantom Planet is an awesome band. The lyrics to Confess are beyond amazing.
mmm theyre ok. kinda typica and not really unique in any way, but decently listenable.
Mumble mumble mumble...ble h : (
i met alex greenwald and hes is the sexiest person alive and has an amazing sound.
knowitall084
Pandora, you need to get with it: these boys have new stuff now!
bromide01
Bleeeeeeeeee e e e e e e e c h . That guy was right to go back to acting. Terrible. Dreadful stuff. I mean. Ugh. Wow. I have never been so repulsed before. My oh my. This is bad. I can't take it. Yikes. Stick to the "quirky" movies dude. I mean, I loved Rushmore, buy this "music" is killing my soul.
they are pretty amazing
I <3 You guyss....
Im seein you on the HCT.
=D

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