This song finds Fiasco taking aim at hyper-regulated, repetitive radio and asking why it doesn't play real music anymore. Fiasco is speaking of the stations that are controlled by big corporations and tend to stick to a strict format with little variation in their playlists and hardly any local identity. This has been a common complaint among musicians of all genres ever since radio stations began consolidating in the '90s.
The song features multi-instrumentalist Matt Mahaffey. The Tennessee-bred, Los Angeles-based artist has produced and/or performed with a number of popular artists including Beck, Beyoncé and Pink. He also composed the bluegrass style jingle for on-line travel site Expedia.com.
The TV show Cheers was nearly canceled after its first season, but the theme song, "Where Everybody Knows Your Name," was very popular. To satisfy viewer demand, the theme was made into a full song and released as a single.
Phil Oakey recorded his vocals for "Don't You Want Me" in the studio bathroom. The recording was disrupted by guitarist Jo Callis reaching through an open window from outside to repeatedly flush one of the toilets.