Broken Bells are comprised of artist/producer Brian Burton (aka Danger Mouse) and James Mercer, who is best known as the founder, principle songwriter and frontman of the Shins. Mercer told NME regarding this track from their After The Disco album: "Brian had something that reminded me of a song I'd tried to write for The Shins, so I donated that. It's inspired by Pacific coast camping trips."
Phil Oakey recorded his vocals for "Don't You Want Me" in the studio bathroom. The recording was disrupted by guitarist Jo Callis reaching through an open window from outside to repeatedly flush one of the toilets.