Fran Healy is the lead singer of the Scottish band Travis. This is the first single to be taken from Wreckorder, which is his debut solo album.
The song is based on a personal tale of a blunder Healy made when in love. He explained to Spin magazine: "'Buttercups' came from an experience in my art school days when a girlfriend turned her nose up at some picked flowers I brought. I couldn't afford fancy roses and thought these would be even better and more romantic. She didn't think so. That relationship didn't last long. Puh!"
Jimi Hendrix opened for The Monkees on their 1967 tour, and it did not go well. The young, mostly female crowd shouted "Davy" when Hendrix sang the word "Lady" in "Foxy Lady" in honor of who they came to see: Monkees lead singer Davy Jones.
"It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" was inspired by a dream where Michael Stipe conjured up images of people with the initials L.B.: Lester Bangs, Leonid Breshnev, Lenny Bruce and Leonard Bernstein.