Newman told Mojo magazine September 2008 that he'd always been interested in literary portrayals of heaven. He added: "The guy - me - however you want to make it - sounds right the whole way, somebody I could see. It's human, in that it dawns on him that the big thing about the whole fantastic thing that happens is that there is an afterlife. So he tells the guys (he's telling the story to) they should shape up too, then says, 'Let's go get a drink.'"
New Order took the title for "Blue Monday" from an illustration, which read "Goodbye Blue Monday," in the Kurt Vonnegut book Breakfast Of Champions. The image referred to the invention of the washing machine improving housewives' lives.
Geffen Records made history on June 27, 1994 when Aerosmith's "Head First" became the first major label song made available for exclusive digital download. Download speeds at the time were so slow it took around 75 minutes to download the track.