Peace frontman Harry Koisser revealed to NME that Happy People opening track "O You" is a "statement of intent."
"When we recorded it, we we like 'that's what a track eight should sound like'," he said. "Then we realized it was an opener, because it's our statement of intent. I wrote it in Holloway, London, and it's about observing the world; about the human world interrupting the natural world and forcing a state of decline."
NME asked Koisser if the song is a reference to Peace's comparisons with '90s British bands like Suede, Blur and The Stone Roses. "I guess, probably," the frontman replied. "We were being compared to all these bands I'd never heard of. But I also spend so much of my time thinking about what was better. Does it even matter? It's actually in the past. Why do we care so much?"
"Earlier today, I looked on Insty [Instagram] and it was like being back in the '90s," Koisser continued. "'The '90s were great' – was it that good? Was there Insty? Was there emoji? No there wasn't. I always used to be so Peter Pan about growing up. Literally to the point where people hated me because I was so immature. I don't feel like an adult right now."
Bruce Springsteen wrote "Blinded By The Light," which was a #1 hit for Manfred Mann's Earth Band. The "Madman Drummers" line is a reference to Springsteen's first E-Street drummer, Vinnie "Mad dog" Lopez.