Frontman Grant Nicholas (from Kerrang! magazine June 21, 2008): "I wrote this at the end of our second album and it just sort of hung around. It ended up on a computer game (Gran Turismo 3) and then it was a B-side but the record company wanted to put it out as a single. I didn't want to, though. I thought it was a bit of a cheat. It still amazes me that it's so popular. It's not a particularly happy song if you listen to the lyrics."
Nicholas told Kerrang! about the song's video, which showed lots of fans dancing and singing along to the song in their bedroom: "That was the director's idea and it was great. No one had really done that before but there have been loads of videos since then that have copied the idea. We thought it was a bit of a gamble-we couldn't work out whether it was brilliant or completely crap at first. It was one of the last songs we did with Jon (drummer Jon Lee who committed suicide in 2002). The actual last song we recorded with him was a cover of The Police's 'Can't Stand Losing You,' which is quite strange given what happened."
Ariana Grande's collaboration with Zedd, "Break Free" came about after the Russian-German producer overheard Grande performing at a label showcase while he was backstage, and he mentioned to his team that he wanted to work with her.
"Sloop John B" is a traditional West Indian folk song, and it was a huge hit for The Beach Boys in 1966. They tweaked the lyric, "This is the worst trip since I've been born" to "...I've ever been on" as a wink to acid culture.