This song deals with sexual roles, and freedom of sexual preference. Much of it is a send-up of the hedonistic club culture of the '90s.
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The line, "Du bist sehr schon" is German for "You are very pretty."
When Radiohead played a Maida Vale session for the BBC in 2003, singer Thom Yorke was asked by an audience member if there were any songs he wished he had written. He replied that he wished he'd written this song.
Lead guitarist Graham Coxon told NME May 11, 2013: "It's kind of typical of a song that you find funny and which audiences respond to. Mainly because there's nothing too complicated about it and it's got a chanty sort of chorus and it has these strange sexual connotations. It's a disco beat with lyrics about holidays and sex. It's a total laugh."
He added: "We'd never been on Club 18-30 holidays or any of those things. We're writing about characters that you see and you make up stories about them; there's not a lot of first-hand experiences."
Vocalist and lyricist Damon Albarn found his inspiration for the song whilst on holiday in Magaluf on the Spanish island of Majorca. "I just love the whole idea of it, to be honest. I love herds," he later recalled. "All these blokes and all these girls meeting at the watering hole and then just copulating. There's no morality involved, I'm not saying it should or shouldn't happen."
This was named single of the year by both NME and Melody Maker in 1994.
Producer Stephen Street recalled the story of this song to NME: "Damon bought in their basic home demo, and he'd done. I hadn't been authorized to recall that one, but Damon played me it and I said, 'We gotta do that.' We used a drum machine and turned it into a 120bpm disco-type track, and it turned out really great."