This stark meditation on the delusion of Rock 'n' Roll was inspired by the 1974 book Conundrum
by the Welsh historian and travel writer Jan Morris. Born James Humphrey, Morris is a transsexual woman who published under her birth name until 1972, when she transitioned from living as male to living as female. Conundrum
is her personal narrative of transsexualism. Bassist and lyricist Nicky Wire told The Quietus
: "She had to go to Morocco to become a woman. Jan's probably my favourite travel writer of all time. When Jan became a woman she stayed with her wife, which I think is remarkable. It was that idea of drastic change and realisation that you have to push for the truth to be happy, which I apply to being in a band."