Phoenix frontman Thomas Mars explained to the Washington DC free newspaper Express
that this song was inspired by the English rock band, The Clash. Said Mars: "It was a fantasy this song. There is a Clash song called 'Death Or Glory
' and this song - I didn't know it - but I love The Clash so much, [but] this song wouldn't play on my [copy] of London Calling
. We imagined this song, so it started as a Clash song then we'd make it our own."