Dawes leader Taylor Goldsmith went through a Joan Didion phase before he started composing the band's third studio album, devouring several of the American author's books. The frontman found the record's title, 'Stories Don't End' whilst reading the legendary writer's 1984 Vietnam War-set novel Democracy.
"Pretty In Pink" by Psychedelic Furs was released in 1981. Five years later, it inspired a movie of the same name starring Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy and Jon Cryer. The song was remixed for the re-release to have more Pop appeal.