Vocalist Jonny Hetherington explained to Gibson.com why this is his favorite track on Vices and Virtues: "'Get Thru This' is a song I wrote a few years back when my father was diagnosed with cancer, and it was a really horrible moment in my life. He actually survived and he's cancer-free now, so it's a big celebration for me every time we play that song, and it's become very special to me."
The tune dates back to 2009 when it was used as the theme song for the WWE Survivor Series pay-per-view-wrestling event.
"It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" was inspired by a dream where Michael Stipe conjured up images of people with the initials L.B.: Lester Bangs, Leonid Breshnev, Lenny Bruce and Leonard Bernstein.