This explosive track was released as the second single from The Physical World. "I'm happy that song came out just as crazy s--t was happening in Ferguson, Missouri," Death From Above frontman and drummer Sebastien Grainger told The Guardian, referring to the shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager who was killed by a police officer.
"The second verse was written while watching Boston being occupied by police after the marathon bombing. What the f--k was going on? That s--t happened at the G20 summit in Toronto in 2010, too; kids got thrown in jail for absolutely no reason."
Grainger believes the bass-led song is the most ambitious thing his DFA partner, Jesse F. Keeler, has done. "I was encouraging him to play the s—t out of the bass," he told NME, "play the craziest thing he could play, and then tried to keep up."
Bruce Springsteen wrote "Blinded By The Light," which was a #1 hit for Manfred Mann's Earth Band. The "Madman Drummers" line is a reference to Springsteen's first E-Street drummer, Vinnie "Mad dog" Lopez.