Linkin Park singer Mike Shinoda said in Kerrang! magazine: "I wrote the lyrics to this about 100 times. It's always frustrating as a lyricist to come in with a new version that you spent hours on and have the band tell you that it's not there yet. In one case, they listened to my lyrics for 30 seconds and told me to start over again. That was pretty hard. It felt like I was bringing in the lyrics, getting punched in the face and then going back to the drawing board. When it finally came together I said to the band 'I don't think anyone but us could have made a song like this'. It's a f--king bizarre death-party-rap-hoedown!"
In 2020, Shinoda recalled this as the toughest Linkin Park song to create. "That's why I started the lyric with, 'Here we go for the hundredth time,' because I rewrote the verse to that dozens and dozens of times," he explained. "And a lot of those were completely starting from scratch and I just didn't like them and I ended up on that one... because when I started with that it was like embracing the fact that the frustration of making the song was actually informing the content of the song. It took like, months. That was a tough one."
Going into their third studio album, the band wanted to enjoy themselves and, despite Shinoda's difficulties, this track fulfilled that goal. The band explained in the album's booklet: "One of the band's goals on this record was to enjoy it. This track is one of the places that it is most evident. With its '80s-inspired guitar and bass, roadhouse blues piano and clapping, Motown-style drums, irreverent death-party rap verses, and punk chorus, this song is a party (albeit a strange one) from beginning to end."
This was the second single from Minutes To Midnight. Shinoda co-produced it with Rick Rubin, a prolific producer who worked with everyone from Beastie Boys to Red Hot Chili Peppers to Johnny Cash to Metallica. Linkin Park's previous albums were helmed by Don Gilmore, who produced albums for alt-rock acts like Good Charlotte and Eve 6. Their run with Rubin continued through A Thousand Suns (2010) and Living Things (2012).
The album was delayed several times in part because Shinoda and Chester Bennington were busy with side projects. Shinoda formed the hip-hop offshoot Fort Minor and issued the singles "Remember The Name
" and "Where'd You Go
," while Bennington launched the rock supergroup Dead By Sunrise. They were also locked in a financial dispute with their record label that dragged out the release date.
Linkin Park performed this on the May 12, 2007 episode of Saturday Night Live.
Linkin Park DJ Joe Hahn directed the music video, which rewinds through a bar brawl to its vomit-fueled starting point. The clip won the prize for Best International Video - Group at Canada's MuchMusic Video Awards in 2008.