Caroline Polachek told the NME December 13, 2008 about the recording of this song: "We actually recorded two studio versions of it with a producer, and we didn't like either of them. All of us just had this gut feeling that it wasn't right. So in the last two days before we had to hand over the final mixes, we spent those two nights in Patrick's basement in Brooklyn, pulling all-nighters, recording 'Bruises' the way we wanted it to be. We gave it to our producer and he was like, 'Are you joking?' In fact he actually said, 'if you want the good Pitchfork review, use your version. If you want the iPod commercial, use my version.' And as it was, we used our version, got slammed by Pitchfork and got an iPod commercial."