Fastball, a rock trio from Austin, Texas, earned a contract with Hollywood Records after years of toiling on the road in cramped conditions. Their first album was issued in 1996, but went nowhere. In the aftermath, the band's singer/multi-instrumentalist Tony Scalzo wrote "Out Of My Head," which reflects his mindset. "I was a struggling musician," he said in a Songfacts interview
. "I had a record deal, so I knew there was a chance that things were going to turn around for us and for me, but I was struggling, and I was really ambitious at that time. Maybe I was just thinking about recurrent situations and how hopefully things would come out right."
Things did come out right: The first single from Fastball's second album was "The Way
," which became a huge radio hit. "Out of My Head" was a more modest hit, but still did very well, helping that second album, All the Pain Money Can Buy
, sell over one million copies.