Eric Church said this song was the starting point for Mr. Misunderstood
. "Well, it was kind of the start of the album for me. I mean, when we put out the album, it was a surprise and 'Mr. Misunderstood
' was the first song, 'cause it was the album title. But for me, the record always started with 'Record Year,'" he explained.
"I'm a vinyl fan back before it was in vogue, like it is now, but I can remember, there's a line in the song that talks about 'slowly planning my survival/in a three-foot stack of vinyl,' and I remember, whatever it is that I had to get over or get past or get through, I remember records being my refuge during that time. It was a song, and it IS a song that I'm proud of and I think it'll be one of the bigger ones in our career."