This song features John Legend, who Benassi first met at the 2013 Coachella festival. "We have a writer friend in LA called Jean Baptiste who wrote the track 'Spaceship' with us," Benassi revealed to MTV UK. "He was working on 'Dance The Pain Away' with John Legend and asked us if we wanted to get involved with the track."
"I first met John personally when he came to perform it at Coachella earlier this year," he added. He was really cool and it went off very well but we never actually worked in the studio together technically."
Dido helped shut down a Neo-Nazi Web site after learning it was using "White Flag" to promote its hateful messages. Owners of the site had misinterpreted the track as racist and thought they represented their white supremacy views.
The third verse of "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" by Crash Test Dummies ("they shook and lurched all over the church floor...") was inspired by girl whose parents would speak in tongues at their Pentecostal service.