Common Dreads was produced by Andy Gray (Korn, U2). He also was the co-writer of The Big Brother TV theme music.
Vocalist Rou Reynolds told Kerrang! May 2, 2009: "This is probably the dance-iest song on the album. I remember when we were recording with Andy Gray - who has roots in dance music - he was really excited to do this song."
John Lennon's lead guitar work on Yoko Ono's "Walking On Thin Ice" proved to be his final creative act. It was upon their return home after completing laying down the track that Lennon was murdered by Mark David Chapman.