This energetic track was one of the last songs laid down for Mechanical Bull and was written and recorded in less than two hours. Drummer Nathan Followill told Jam! Music: "We took a page from Queens of the Stone Age's book and from beginning to end kept a beat that was pulsating. It was one of those things where it was over before it even began. We were like, 'Holy s---! That's a kick ass song but that's a single-worthy song!' That's one that literally developed out of thin air."
Guitarist Matthew Followill described this Punk powerhouse song of self-loathing to Reuters as, "the hardest rocking song that we've ever done, and it's the fastest, so that's new for us."
Vocalist Caleb Followill recalled to Billboard magazine that the band penned this after realizing that they needed a rocker. "We've got a lot of mid-tempos, but we needed something that rocks really good," he said. "Me and Matthew sat there and came up with a riff in about 15 minutes, and I just went in there and just sang it off the top of my head. We played it three times and we ended up keeping the first take."
Geffen Records made history on June 27, 1994 when Aerosmith's "Head First" became the first major label song made available for exclusive digital download. Download speeds at the time were so slow it took around 75 minutes to download the track.