Lucy Spraggan is a singer-songwriter whose music combines folk and hip-hop. She was announced in July 2011 as the runner up of the Urban, Pop & Acoustic category of Live and Unsigned. Spraggan independently released her debut album Top Room At The Zoo in November 2011, which was recorded earlier in the year in a friend's bedroom.
This original composition is a track from Top Room At The Zoo telling the story of a night out and the morning after. Spraggan successfully auditioned for the ninth series of The X Factor by singing this ode to alcohol. After the show was broadcast on August 25, 2012 both "Last Night" and the accompanying album quickly began to climb the charts. After a few days, however, Spraggan was told to remove her music from sale online and informed that all other X Factor contestants have also been banned until the series is over, in order to give them the same level of exposure. She told fans on the web: "Oh dear - not my call to make. Get it while you can. I've obliged because you've got to do what you've got to do to get somewhere in life."
The enforced absence of any product due to Spraggan's involvement on X Factor resulted in a sound-a-like cover version by Big Hits 2012 of both this song and "Tea and Toast" entering the UK singles chart in their places.
"It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" was inspired by a dream where Michael Stipe conjured up images of people with the initials L.B.: Lester Bangs, Leonid Breshnev, Lenny Bruce and Leonard Bernstein.