The Neon Trees are a Utah based Indie Rock foursome made up of lead vocalist Tyler Glenn, guitarist Chris Allen (guitars), bassist Branden Campbell and drummer Elaine Bradley. The quartet got their first nationwide exposure in late 2008 when they were given the opening spot for the Killers' first North American tour dates. Not long after, the band was signed by major record label Mercury Records.
This is the lead single from their debut album Habits. Glenn, who is the band's lyricist, told The Examiner that the story behind the song is simple, "I'm a masochist in love," he explained. "I seem to require pain. But in general when humans are in love we're like animals."
During an interview with myYearbook, Glenn was asked what inspired this song. He replied: "Vicious women. Does that sound sexist? I don't intend it that way, but particular vicious girls that claw you up but you love it so much anyway, if that makes any sense.…"
This reached #1 on Billboard Alternative Songs in its 32nd chart week, completing the lengthiest journey to the peak position since the tally's inception in 1988. The song's lengthy climb overtook the 31-week ascension to the top by Phoenix's "1901."