In this song Lightspeed Champion (Dev Hynes) criticizes the path of alcoholic excess so many of his peers escape to by telling a tale of overindulging while in a relationship with an alcoholic girlfriend.
This was based on a Hip-Hop song Hynes once wrote.
London based singer-songwriter Emmy The Great (Emma-Lee Moss) provided backing vocals on this track and several others on the album. Hynes explained to the Sun newspaper January 18, 2008 why he chose her: "I always wanted her singing on the album. To me, she has the only female voice that really complements mine. I met her when she was DJing in a club. She played three Weezer songs in a row and I remember running up to her and saying, 'Oh, my Gosh!' We ended up singing together. Then I got her to sing on my demos and so it progressed. Mike Mogis (producer and member of Bright Eyes) knows a lot of people. Even Emmylou Harris played on one Bright Eyes album. He wasn't bragging when he asked which female singer I wanted on the album but I thought Emmy The Great's voice was so cool."
In the same Sun interview Hynes explained that his Lightspeed Champion name originated from a comic book character he created years previously: "When I was 13, it was the name of a comic I used to draw, starring a kind of mathematical superhero. I have these weird names in my head and eventually they come out."
Kid Rock's "All Summer Long" is a mashup of "Werewolves Of London" and "Sweet Home Alabama." The album it came from was released in October, 2007, but they held off until summer, 2008 for a more seasonable release.
Carla Thomas became the first woman to achieve a Top 10 hit on the Hot 100 with a song she wrote herself when "Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes)" reached the chart's top tier in 1961. Thomas was just 16-years-old when she penned it.
Who writes a song about a name they found in a phone book? That's just one of the everyday things these guys find to sing about. Anything in their field of vision or general scope of knowledge is fair game. If you cross paths with them, so are you.