This was the first song that the band wrote for Conduit, and it gave them a basis of a direction for the album. Bassist Richard Boucher told Alternative Press magazine: "We'd already been playing it live and it always went down really well, so it was great to have it on the album."
The song "Sadeness" by Enigma (the one with the chanting monks), got its name from the French novelist Marquis de Sade, who believed sex had to be painful in order to be pleasurable - thus the word "sadism."
"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.