When asked by NME what his favorite lyric is from his eponymous debut album, Jake Bugg replied: "I guess, if there was one to pick out, it would be 'Stuck in speedbump city' from 'Trouble Town,' because I had that line in my head for ages, but I never knew how to put it into a song."
This was released as the lead single from Jake Bugg's eponymous album on March 4, 2012. The singer recalled in a video track-by-track: "What happened I was in the studio with Iain (Archer, producer) and we'd accidentally left the microphone on," he said. "It was just that sound and we sent it over to the label, and they said 'great, we'll put it on the record,' I was like 'I want to record it again.' They took it to the radio and Radio 1 started playing it. I just couldn't imagine it being played on there, I was quite baffled and surprised, it did what it needed to do."
The song was used the theme tune for the 2014 BBC TV series Happy Valley.
Dido helped shut down a Neo-Nazi Web site after learning it was using "White Flag" to promote its hateful messages. Owners of the site had misinterpreted the track as racist and thought they represented their white supremacy views.