This was written after - and was inspired by - Donald Trump's inauguration as United States president. Grohl told Rolling Stone:
"I watched the infamous press conference in the East Room – the one that turned into a screaming match. The f---ing WWE one. All that gross ambition for power and control freaked me out. I was like, 'Oh, my God. This is what we've become.'"
Grohl told UK newspaper The Sun: "You can't ignore what's happening in the world. We have seen a reality show host become President. It's just a symptom of American culture that someone who is of no worth, with fame and a brand, is considered to be the leader of the free world, which is f---ing ridiculous."
The lyrics for Lesley Gore's "It's My Party" were based on actual events relating to his daughter Judy's sweet 16 party. The teenager threw a tantrum and burst into tears when her mum and dad insisted that her grandparents had to be invited.