Frontman Grant Nicholas told Kerrang! magazine June 21, 2008 about this song: "I was trying to put myself in the mind of a youth who might be living in a bleak kind of place and who has just been through a break-up. That's kind of what it's about. I had been reading a lot of stuff about youth and knife crime and I think that inspired me. There are a lot of personal things in there, too. I need lyrics to mean something to me, otherwise I can't sing them so well."
Phil Oakey recorded his vocals for "Don't You Want Me" in the studio bathroom. The recording was disrupted by guitarist Jo Callis reaching through an open window from outside to repeatedly flush one of the toilets.
Pete Townshend never had a #1 UK hit with The Who or as a solo artist, but he did produce and play on a song that hit the top spot there: "Something In The Air" by Thunderclap Newman, a group he assembled.