Paul Heaton told the Daily Telegraph July 3, 2008 about this seven-minute rant concerning Britain's descent into low-brow mediocrity: "I just started listing the things that annoyed me, and it wouldn't stop. I think a lot of people feel guilt about how much weight as a country we have put on, we've become flabby and greedy and a bit spoilt. It feels as if we've guzzled on a very fatty cultural diet."
This began life as a poem for legendary funk bassist Bootsy Collins.
Heaton told Mojo magazine August 2008: "It's very me that song, even down to the fact it lasts that long. I won't let it drop, I'm not one for letting things lie."
Movie director Michel Gondry played live drums on the Late Registration track, "Diamonds From Sierra Leone." The Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind filmmaker happened to be in the studio on a day when producer Jon Brion was setting up a drum kit