This is the title track and first track from the album 23, by Blonde Redhead, who is vocalist Kazu Makino and the instrumentalists, twin brothers Simone and Amedeo Pace. The Pace twins were born in Milan, Italy, and grew up in Montreal, then moved to the states to study jazz in Boston. Meanwhile, Kazu Makino was a Japanese art student. They all met by chance at an Italian restaurant in New York.
Media where this song has appeared includes an October 2007 episode of the TV series Numb3rs, television commercials for a 2009 Pontiac promotion, a February 2008 trailer for the British TV series Skins, and an episode of Grey's Anatomy.
Geek alert: Blonde Redhead also wrote the score for the February 2010 documentary film The Dungeon Masters, a film about the culture surrounding the tabletop role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons.
23 is the first album to be self-produced by the group. In a press release accompanying the album, Makino stated that this "wasn't an entirely enjoyable experience. Without a producer, a referee, we could really get on each other's cases. It got intense."