The Doves explained to the NME April 11, 2009: "We built the song around the title. It's written in character from someone whose ideas are now redundant, just clinging on to the past. It's quite claustrophobic and menacing."
Movie director Michel Gondry played live drums on the Late Registration track, "Diamonds From Sierra Leone." The Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind filmmaker happened to be in the studio on a day when producer Jon Brion was setting up a drum kit