Washington state native Ben Gibbard pays tribute to Seattle's Smith Tower skyscraper on this track. "Ivory white but feeling kinda blue," he sings. "Because there's no one there to see the view. In 1962, the Needle made its big debut. And everybody forgot what it outgrew." The Smith Tower was the tallest building on the West Coast until 1962 when the Space Needle usurped it.
The song was released as the first single from Gibbard's debut solo album, Former Lives. The Death Cab For Cutie frontman told NME: "These songs span eight years, three relationships, living in two different places, drinking then not drinking. They're a side story, not a new chapter."
Speaking with The Guardian, Gibbard explained: "The song personifies the tower as this once great thing, crying metaphorically, and literally, because there are actual teardrop-shaped windows at the very top."
"We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" by Taylor Swift earned an entry in the 2014 edition of the Guinness Book of Records for the fastest-selling digital single. It reached the #1 spot on iTunes just 50 minutes after its release.
Arizona DJ Guy Zapoleon played UB40's "Red Red Wine" four years after it was released as part of a feature on songs that should have been hits. Listeners started requesting the tune and within weeks it was topping the Hot 100.