The lyrics are about a car accident and were inspired by JG Ballard's novel Crash
and colored by Cormac McCarthy's apocalyptic book The Road
, which Hutchcraft read three times while writing Exile
. "We tried to write the darkest song we could," Hutchcraft told NME
. "We thought. 'How bleak can we make it?'"
James Graham Ballard (1930-2009) was an English novelist and short story writer. His best-known works include Crash
, which was adapted into a film by David Cronenberg and his fictionalised autobiography of his childhood in a Japanese internment camp outside Shanghai, which was made into a movie by Steven Spielberg.
Here's a couple of other songs on our database inspired by Ballard's stories:
"A Billion Balconies Facing The Sun
" by The Manic Street Preachers.
" by Joy Division.
In addition the Australian Electro-Pop duo Empire Of the Sun took their name from Ballard's autobiographical novel of the same name.
Cormac McCarthy (born July 20, 1933) is an American novelist and playwright. He is best known for his 2006 Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Road
and his 2005 book No Country for Old Men
, which was adapted as a 2007 film of the same name, and won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture.Other songs on our database inspired by his works include:
" by Coldplay.
" by U2.
"Pray For Rain
" by Massive Attack.
"As He Climbed the Dark Mountain
" by Thursday.