Lead singer Eugene Hutz explained this track to Q magazine April 2008: "It's the dissolving of the boundaries of science and religion, of daily life and transatlantic perception. There are 108 elements in the universe. Humans are made up of them, too. When they are activated you experience life more fully. You get Jimi Hendrix at Monterey. Hendrix was a human with all 108 elements activated."
John Lennon's lead guitar work on Yoko Ono's "Walking On Thin Ice" proved to be his final creative act. It was upon their return home after completing laying down the track that Lennon was murdered by Mark David Chapman.
The line in John Mellencamp's "Cherry Bomb" that sounds like "that's when a smoke was a smoke" is actually "that's when a sport was a sport," according to the published lyric. In that sense, "sport" is an endearment for someone of good nature.