This song was inspired by an incident when the band's garrulous guitarist Stuart Braithwaite bumped into the titular soul crooner at an airport. Inebriated at the time, he spluttered, "You're Lionel Richie!"
Mogwai are renowned for the interesting titles they have for their largely instrumental tracks. Spinner UK spoke with guitarist-keyboardist Barry Burns about how they come up with their song names. He explained: "Most times it's down to two or four of us and someone will write something down on their iPhone or whatever and we'll try to remember it. But it's also a great way to remember our songs. Someone once suggested that we call them after numbers, like we'd have song called 'One,' then 'Two' and 'Three' and so on and I though that's so pretentious. And I'd never remember which song it was. Can you imagine the setlist? Oh, we're gonna play song 'Three' from album 'Four.' There's just no way!"