In our interview with lead singer Roger Miret
, he said that the movie Taxi Driver was a big influence on this song. The film is from 1976, which was a time when New York was at its most gritty.
The song opens with a clip from the movie where its star Robert DiNero says, "All the animals come out at night: whores, skunk pu--ies, buggers, queens, fairies, dopers, junkies, sick, venal. Someday a real rain will come and wash all this scum off the streets."