This originated from a drinking session between Gallagher, Russell Brand and Morrissey in LA when Morrissey asked them to play a compilation CD he'd made. Gallagher recalled: "The music would be going on and we wouldn't be paying much attention to it and suddenly he'd go, 'Name . This tune, name me this tune,' and I would be like, 'Urm... I don't know.'"
One of the songs Morrissey played was the 1974 single "Pinball
," which provided the key to a "Bob Dylan sort of thing," Gallagher was playing around with. He recalled: "One night before we left, to my engineer and my drummer, who are twin brothers, I said, 'Have you heard this track 'Pinball' by Brian Protheroe?' And they said, 'No,' so we played it at a light came on and I thought, 'What if I played this track in that style?'"