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California

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Phantom Planet



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All the members of Phantom Planet are from California. The song is a tribute to the state, and is often used to represent the culture there.
This song was voted as an MTV.com Viewer's Pick Video, which got it in MTV's rotation. It received more exposure when many stores did giveaways with this song. Urban Outfitters included the song on a music sampler that came free with a minimum $75 purchase. Some Virgin Megastores included a copy of the video with a purchase of the CD.
This appears on the soundtrack to the 2002 Colin Hanks/Jack Black movie Orange County, which takes place in California.
A live version is included on a 2001 5-song EP called Phantom Planet Live.
This was used as the theme song to the 2003 Fox TV show The O.C., which is set in Orange County, California. To capitalize on the new publicity, the album was re-released with a sticker that said, "Featuring the theme from The O.C..
This was featured in the documentary Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room. (thanks, Steve - Kitchener, Canada)
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Comments (24):

Does anyone who "Perry George" is as referred to in the lyrics of the song "California."
- John, Jackson, MS
Love this song. Mates of State did a cover of it for the OC Soundtrack # 6.
- Sophie, DeWit, NY
Um, actually FHWOEROLGHWGWOEIFH8OWIHON9
- Callie, Maplewood, NJ
please, do not put the beatles and weezer in the same sentence
- Michael, Dallas, TX
hey i heard another version of this song the other day, it sounded like it was from the 80's or something so i'm trying to get to find out who acctually really wrote this song. Does anyone know
- nick, sdgdg, China
Um, Actually, the drummer on this album WAS Jason Schwartzman... He left to concentrate on acting
- Jennifer, Kyle, TX
Um, actually, the drummer for this band is NOT Jason Schwartzman, it's Jeff Conrad. Look it up on their website.
- Milena, Capitola, CA
The Drummer for Schwartzerman is a small, metallic robot with one large arm, that can fire rockets, and is powered by table scraps, and loves children.
- Tim, wertewteg, AL
They had this song play during an "O.C." parody on an episode of "The Simpsons" last season.
- A.J., Chicago, IL
excelent song pity its the theme to such a bad show and that is what people will rememba it for "hey isn't that the song from the oc
- stacey, Nowra, Australia
Listen to this song on the top of a tall building. Unreal feeling
- Paul, Galway, Ireland
ok, What's with all the talk about Jason Schwartzman's brother? I mean, yeah, he's the singer of my second favorite band, Rooney, but still, you're supposed to be commenting on Phantom Planet! By the way, it's my favorite band in the whole world. (I love you Alex!)
- Donnelle, Waupaca, WI
This song is amazing. Greg from Little River,SC - It's theme. Not theam. It's been said to be the theme song already :O
- Lola, Street, MD
Jason Schwartzeman's brother, Robert Schwartzeman, is the oh-so-hott Michael in The Princess Diaries
- Danielle, Sydney, Australia
The "famous sons and daughters" connection: Phanton Planet's drummer, Jason Schwartzman, is the son of Talia Shire. At the same time, this song was used in the movie Orange County (2002), that featured Colin Hanks (Tom Hanks' son), Schuyler Fisk (Sissy Spacek's daughter) and was directed by Jake Kasdan (Lawrence Kasdan's son).
- Antonio, Orlando, FL
For those who don't know....

The singer for this band played the coke-head psycho guy in Donnie Darko.
- Luke, Martin, TN
um, i'd hafta say that rooney doesn't even come within a trillion miles of the beatles or weezer, though they're even furthre away from the fab 4 than weezer. Rooney is just a fad, the beatles and weezer are here to stay.
- Natasha, Chico, CA
oh, i didn't know jason schwartzman was the drummer, that's quite interesting. He's a great actor too. He's great in Rushmore and even more fabulous in the more recent "I heart Huckabees" Everyone MUST see I Heart Huckabees! (and with an open mind, not just brushing it off as being "weird". It's the best I've seen in a while.
- Natasha, Chico, CA
The Band Rooney is also featured in The OC on FOX
- greg, little river, SC
Jason Schwartman is the nephew of Francis Ford Coppola.
- Meredith, Grand Forks, ND
The Theam song for "The OC."
- greg, little river, SC
Jason Schwartzman's mother is Talia Shire, who played Adrian, Rocky's wife, in the Rocky movies.
- Adam, Beaver Falls, PA
The drummers brother is the lead singer of a band called Rooney, who is very similar to the beatles and weezer
- Emily, Claremont, CA
The drummer of phantom planet is Jason Swartzerman, who plays "cool ethan" in slackers and is the lead guy in Rushmore as well as plays in Simone.
- Emily, Claremont, CA
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