This 29-second track opens New Jersey rock band My Chemical Romance's fourth album, Danger Days: True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys. Frontman Gerard Way told Billboard magazine: "Danger Days kicks off with 'Look Alive, Sunshine,' and I really like to think of the song as contributing to the idea of the album as this really crazy ride - like someone holding your hand on the way up the roller coaster, and then at the top he sort of lets go and he checks in on you from here."
The song was inspired by Anthony Burgess's 1962 dystopian novel A Clockwork Orange. Way explained to Billboard magazine: "'Look Alive, Sunshine' is heavily inspired by the language of A Clockwork Orange. I wanted all these phrases that you didn't know what they meant but you got a sense off of just what the phrase was that you could guess what it means. I think it's a good kind of introduction into Danger Days."
Kid Rock's "All Summer Long" is a mashup of "Werewolves Of London" and "Sweet Home Alabama." The album it came from was released in October, 2007, but they held off until summer, 2008 for a more seasonable release.
"Cigarettes And Chocolate Milk" describes a time in Rufus Wainwright's life when he found himself hungover and pounding chocolate milk to feel better. It didn't work, so he smoked a cigarette, which is when he realized his addictive personality could be a problem.