Vocalist Kevin Rowland
told The Guardian
the story of this song. "I'd met this girl called Johanna in Sweden and she emailed me, asking: 'Do you believe in love?' I replied: 'I do believe in love, Johanna. I don't know anything about it. I know about depending on people …' And then when I read it back, I thought you could put that to music."
"I'd been working with this guy called Ben Brierley with a view to writing songs for other people. He came up with that riff, and that was it, really."
"When we recorded it with Jim (Paterson) on trombone, I changed the name to John Joe. It's personal, but the song changed, and I became someone singing it to someone else."