Like many of Kravitz's tunes "Stand" has a psychedelic component to it. He told Gibson.com
this hearkens back to his childhood. Kravitz explained: "I was a major hippie. I lived that as a child with my parents in New York City, and then I re-lived it as a young adult. Psychedelia touches a part of me that stems from childhood. You can actually hear a Partridge Family influence in a song like 'Stand.' People laugh at that stuff, but it was good music, with great melodies and great arrangements. Obviously, I mix it with funk, and other styles, but those things from childhood definitely have stayed with me. Psychedelia eventually morphed into glam – in the form of artists like KISS, and Bowie and T. Rex. I listened to all that music, as a kid. It all comes together in the form of quirky songs like 'Stand' or 'Rock Star City Life.'"