Most of the songs on Arctic Monkeys' debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, were first-person narratives about what Northern England youths get up to on their nights out. However after the success of the record, frontman Alex Turner had become something of a celebrity and he knew he couldn't realistically continue to identify with the lives of such folk.
This stopgap single was released a year after the LP. It was Turner's way of closing the chapter on that part of his world for ever. "It's the last song I wrote about going out and that," he told NME. "My life's not really like that guy anymore."
The song "Sadeness" by Enigma (the one with the chanting monks), got its name from the French novelist Marquis de Sade, who believed sex had to be painful in order to be pleasurable - thus the word "sadism."