The inspiration for this song came from Scottish singer Amy MacDonald's admiration for the actor Jake Gyllenhaal. On BBC Berkshire she explained: "Well I was just thinking and I thought everyone has somebody that they idolize - be it an actor or a sports player or a singer or whatnot. But I think in general that people should value their own dreams and their own achievements, even if we don't do things as great as being in a Hollywood blockbuster. Just be proud of what we achieve ourselves."
The Glaswegian singer/ songwriter admitted on her internet blog that she never really liked this song much herself. She wrote on her MySpace: "So I've thrown myself right back in at the deep end and have been rewarded with a lovely chart position of 48! It's more embarrassing than anything else. If I'm honest I really don't like 'LA' all that much and don't think it represents the album one bit." Since then her UK chart placing improved by 7 places after being played on both the UK's top viewed soaps, EastEnders and Coronation Street. The song was more successful in her native Scotland, peaking at #5.
"Sloop John B" is a traditional West Indian folk song, and it was a huge hit for The Beach Boys in 1966. They tweaked the lyric, "This is the worst trip since I've been born" to "...I've ever been on" as a wink to acid culture.