This was British Soul musician Michael Kiwanuka's debut single. It was released in the United Kingdom as a Digital download on July 24, 2011. He explained the song's meaning to This Is Fake DIY: "I have a real problem of sticking things out. With anything, if you do it for so long then it will inevitably start getting difficult, and it was getting frustrating constantly giving up on things, whether it be university or playing guitar for people. So 'I'm Getting Ready' is about keeping on going, building on things and not dropping everything instantaneously."
"It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" was inspired by a dream where Michael Stipe conjured up images of people with the initials L.B.: Lester Bangs, Leonid Breshnev, Lenny Bruce and Leonard Bernstein.
"Here Comes Your Man" is the closest the Pixies came to a hit in America. It was rumored to be about a drug dealer, but Black Francis says it's just a story about some hobos who travel by train and die in an earthquake.