Lead vocalist Liam Joseph Cormier: "The song is about those people we have the misfortune of crossing paths with in our lives, who use lies, schemes and deceit to make their way through this world. Everyone has a choice and it's theirs to continue down this path that will never work out for them. They are the gate keepers to their own future."
The song is accompanied by an animated video, which was directed by Stevie Gee who also worked on the clip for Mastodon's "Steambreather." The '80s-inspired animated short features motorbike-riding ghouls, a sorcerer and the Cancer Bats performing in a crystal ball. Stevie Gee said:
"I've been wanting to make a goofball violent '80s cartoon for a while so I was super happy to do that for my friends, the Cancer Bats. Hail destroyer!"
Until December 5, 1998, a song had to be issued as a single to make the Hot 100. Aaliyah's "Try Again" was the first tune to top the chart based on airplay alone, without any sales figures being included.
"Here Comes Your Man" is the closest the Pixies came to a hit in America. It was rumored to be about a drug dealer, but Black Francis says it's just a story about some hobos who travel by train and die in an earthquake.