This slice of raga-rock features a lyric inspired by a poem that Weller's little girl Jessie wrote at school. He explained at a listening session for the album: "My youngest daughter Jessie had this poem she wrote for school. I just took the first line from each verse and built on them. She does get credited, yes!"
Blur's Graham Coxon contributes both guitar and Hammond organ to this track, though he didn't know that he'd be playing the latter on the day he turned up. "There's no time to reflect when you work with Paul," laughed the guitarist to Mojo magazine. "When I played on this record I felt like a three-legged terrier chasing a rat. I couldn't keep up. And it seemed so complicated to me, this music. You go, Paul, that's shockingly weird. And, he'll be like, 'Yeah, isn't it?!' he's perfectly accepting of it."
Noel Gallagher also plays on three tracks on the album making Sonik Kicks one of the few records to feature contributions from members of both Blur and Oasis. "I'm the punk rock Henry Kissinger," commented Weller to Uncut, when the magazine pointed this out.
Dido helped shut down a Neo-Nazi Web site after learning it was using "White Flag" to promote its hateful messages. Owners of the site had misinterpreted the track as racist and thought they represented their white supremacy views.
The Prince-penned "Manic Monday" was the first song The Bangles heard coming from a car radio, but "Eternal Flame" is closest to Susanna's heart, perhaps because she sang it in "various states of undress."