Torso Of The Week

Songfacts®:

  • This song was inspired by frontman Jonathan Higgs' gym experiences and a regular feature in Heat magazine. "It's pictures of some dude with his top off," he winced to NME. "The objectification of that guy's stomach... (The song is) me thinking about how I'll never be Torso Of The Week and the pressure is on people reading these sorts of things."
  • When Higgs goes to the gym, he finds his mind wandering as he rides his exercise bike. He recalled to The Line Of Best Fit that one day, "I was listening to Scott's Journey to the Antarctic and just looking at these people like zombies on their treadmills. I was thinking how weird it is that in this day and age we come into a room to use our bodies. You have to set time aside to use your body. It got me thinking of the balance of work-life and the lure of the bright lights and some kind of story in my mind of a woman who is struggling to stay on top of things with all the stuff she has to deal with. A treadmill woman just going and going and going. It struck me as a sad struggle in some way."

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