This was written by the band's keyboardist Mike Barson, who was inspired by the bass line in Smokey Robinson's "The Tears of a Clown
." He told Daniel Rachel (The Art of Noise: Conversations with Great Songwriters
): "[They're] sort of similar, although they sound miles apart. Nobody would say, 'Oh bloody hell, 'Bed and Breakfast Man' sounds like 'Tears of a Clown'.' Everything, any sort of human endeavor, has got such a history behind it. Somebody makes the first fridge and it's like Fort Knox and then somebody makes a smaller one. It's all about refining and building on other stuff. In music you get inspired by other people's music."