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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)
Don Brewer of Grand Funk
The drummer and one of the primary songwriters in Grand Funk talks rock stardom and Todd Rundgren.
The renown Texas songwriter has been at it for 40 years, with tales to tell about The Flatlanders and The Clash - that's Joe's Tex-Mex on "Should I Stay or Should I Go?"