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.
Mike Campbell from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers played the slide guitar on "Sixth Avenue Heartache." There is a connection here - Wallflowers lead singer Jakob's dad, Bob Dylan, played with Tom Petty in The Traveling Wilburys.
It has long been speculated that the Soundgarden song "Black Hole Sun" came from the name of a sculpture in Seattle, but according to their frontman Chris Cornell the title came from a phrase he misheard on the news. The band's name did come from a sculpture.