In 2004, Moby was feeling down after the re-election of George W. Bush to the US presidency and the overall rise of intolerance and fundamentalism around the world (which inspired Hotel
's lead single, "Lift Me Up
"). To cope with his feelings, he turned to his musical heroes, one being David Bowie, who influenced this bittersweet electro-rock anthem that finds Moby pleading for a savior.
Moby explained on his website: "'Spiders' is a song that is partially a tribute to David Bowie, but it's also about feeling profoundly disconnected from the dominant cultural milieu in which I find myself, especially in the US in 2005. When I was growing up I found great comfort and solidarity and understanding through the company of musicians (David Bowie, Ian Curtis, etc) whom I'd never met but whose music made me feel connected to something. There is also some obvious Christ imagery in this song that will resonate with some people and not resonate with others."