Robbie Robertson worked on his Sinematic album at the same time as he was writing the score for the gangster movie The Irishman. "I Hear You Paint Houses" is the name of the book that the film was based on. The work is titled after a phrase that mobsters use when hiring a hit man – to paint houses is the splattering of blood.
The song is a duet with Robertson's friend Van Morrison. He told Uncut magazine how he hooked up with the Irish singer:
"Van Morrison was in Los Angeles, and we usually get together when he's in town; he's a dear old friend. I went back to my studio and played the song for him. Then next thing I knew, he had a microphone in front of him, I showed him the words. He just nodded and said, 'alright. Let's go!' So we sang a duet. It was a fun, instant crazy collaboration."
The Isley Brother's song, "Contagious," peaked at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100. This meant that the band of brothers became the first group to score a Top 50 hit in six consecutive decades on the chart.
It has long been speculated that the Soundgarden song "Black Hole Sun" came from the name of a sculpture in Seattle, but according to their frontman Chris Cornell the title came from a phrase he misheard on the news. The band's name did come from a sculpture.
The lyrics for Lesley Gore's "It's My Party" were based on actual events relating to his daughter Judy's sweet 16 party. The teenager threw a tantrum and burst into tears when her mum and dad insisted that her grandparents had to be invited.