Allen discussed this in Daniel Rachel's book about British songwriters, Isle of Noises
. "It's sort of questioning, isn't it? The record company really didn't want to put it on the record," she said. "I put my foot down. I was questioning life: 'What are we doing here? How do we justify all this rubbish we're getting on with?' You see that in 'The Fear
' and 'Him.' I was confused and baffled. Probably to do with the amount of drugs I was taking. Mark Ronson and I worked in the studio where he'd worked with Amy Winehouse. I felt her ghost was there. I felt so untalented in comparison."