This song is an outtake from the sessions of Peal Jam's debut album Ten. Prior to being included on the 2009 re-issued Ten set, it was only available as a bootleg or in instrumental form on the 2003 rarities compilation album Lost Dogs. Bassist and band co-founder Jeff Ament explained to Billboard magazine why it wasn't included on the original release of Ten: "I was really, really into that song. Stone (Gossard, rhythm guitar) wrote that song musically. There was a point during the recording of Ten that Stone was like, 'Eh, I'm over it.' And I was like, 'No! Let's work on it.' We actually got in a big fight about it in the studio. It didn't end up getting worked on anymore. It got to a point and Stone was over it. I think maybe to some degree Ed (Vedder, vocals) probably wasn't totally happy with where it was at, so it never came out. I think there's great guitar on that song." Ament added that it was then included in instrumental form on Lost Dogs as a compromise. He said: "I think at that point Ed still didn't want the vocals on it, so Mike (McReady, guitar) just threw a bunch of guitar on top of it."
This became Pearl Jam's fourth #1 on the Modern Rock chart and the second in succession for their record label, Epic. It took over from "Love Hurts" by the Seattle band's label mates Incubus. It is a rare occurrence for such old material to reach peak position on the Modern Rock tally.
The 2009 re-issued Ten album was digitally remastered and remixed by Pearl Jam's longtime producer Brendan O'Brien (Bruce Springsteen, Rage Against the Machine), as part of a catalog re-release campaign. He didn't work on the original Ten set but helmed Peal Jam's next four releases. This song was one of six previously unreleased tracks to be included on the record.
Pearl Jam played this song on a brief tour in early 1991 when they opened for Alice in Chains. They didn't play it again until 18 years later.