Dr. Dog is a psychedelic rock band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Shame, Shame is their sixth album, which was recorded with the line-up of bassist and co-vocalist Toby Leaman, lead guitarist and co-vocalist Scott McMicken, rhythm guitarist Frank McElroy, keyboardist Zach Miller and drummer Eric Slick.
McMicken told Express Night Out about this opening track from the album: "Toby wrote that song, but I've talked about it a lot and I have my own ideas about it. It's kind of about the decadence of self-loathing. There's a certain character in there with these grand ideas and this extravagance behind his own suffering and alienation. I always think of that song as a character in a lowly state, but it's a social state, a lifestyle: 'I'm on my own and I'm free on the surface, but behind the surface it's kind of a loveless and empty person. So it is kind of that paradox: celebrate your own misery."
The line in John Mellencamp's "Cherry Bomb" that sounds like "that's when a smoke was a smoke" is actually "that's when a sport was a sport," according to the published lyric. In that sense, "sport" is an endearment for someone of good nature.