Vocalist and songwriter Paul Smith (from Drowned In Sound): "This song is self-explanatory! It started out on an acoustic guitar when the demo was recorded but in LA it morphed into what I am terming 'robo-funk-pop.' Because I can."
In this song the protagonist is requesting to "go back to your house and finish the gin/In your disheveled room we're gonna wash ourselves in sin." The Independent May 8, 2009 asked Smith if this song reflects his current lifestyle. The singer let out a sheepish giggle and replied: "No, not so much. I was definitely involved in some, er, entanglements over the course of the last two records but I feel more calm and settled than I ever have. Where "Let's Get Clinical" is concerned, I'm not that kind of person, but I think everyone's got it in them."
Walk The Moon vocalist Nicholas Petricca got the idea for "Shut Up and Dance" when he and his girlfriend were taking forever to get drinks at a Los Angeles club bar. Petricca was getting frustrated, so his girlfriend told him to, "Shut up and dance with me!'"