Idles released "The Beachland Ballroom" on September 28, 2021, as the first single from Crawler
. Recorded with co-producers Kenny Beats and guitarist Mark Bowen, the album finds the Bristol band in an experimental mood. They described this track as an "honest-to-goodness soul song."
"I didn't know Joe could sing like that," said Bowen. "He's been trying to write 'Be My Baby
' since the very beginning, but he didn't want to be the punk guy wearing the Motown clothes. He wanted it to feel natural, and this song is."