The band's singer Richard Frenneaux explained to Clash Magazine, that this song, "was based on my relationship with [his girlfriend] Anna at the time. She was always out of the country. I wanted it to be very photographic lyrically, like snap shots of events from places far away."
"Crank That (Soulja Boy)" was the most successful digital track of 2007 in the US with 2,909,000 downloads. On January 6, 2008 it became the first song ever to sell 3 million digital copies in the States.
Country star Slim Whitman's version of the 1920s song "Rose Marie" spent 11 consecutive weeks at #1 in the UK in 1955, a record until 1991 when Bryan Adams’ "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" spent 16 weeks at the top.