Suede guitarist Bernard Butler had flounced out of the band after recording Dog Man Star, as tensions between him and frontman Brett Anderson became unbearable. Around the same time, vocalist David McAlmont's rock 'n' soul duo Thieves collapsed in swathes of even heavier acrimony and he hooked up with Butler on the musical rebound. The result was this defiant message to their former band mates, told through the narrative prism of the heartbreaking ending of a gay relationship. Butler told NME: May 11, 2013: "It was the first piece of music I wrote after I left Suede. I wrote it as an instrumental. Everything was in place, but it didn't have the voice. I wanted to write a piece of music that made me feel good. I'd just left the band and it was a frightening time."
"Everything I'd done in the past six months had been really dark," he continued. "I'd come out of a very sad situation and lost a lot of friends, so it was a very liberating song. I met David at the Jazz Café in Camden and said, 'I've got this song, do you wanna try it out?' He came back to me two days later and sang the first verse. He had no second verse, so I just said 'Sing the first one again.' How many good songs do you get when the singer's too lazy to write a second verse?"