Aside from lead singer Ben Weasel, Carnival Of Schadenfreude, the punk-rock group's 12th EP, features an entirely new lineup. It was released on the heels of a disastrous South by Southwest Festival performance on March 11 that effectively blew up the band and inspired this song. Leading up to the event, lead singer Ben Weasel criticized SXSW on Twitter, calling it "the most joyless, soulless, shameful excuse of a music event in modern history." He continued his rant on stage during Screeching Weasel's performance at the Scoot Inn in Austin, Texas, taking aim at the music industry, the media, and the festival (which he dubbed a "carnival of schadenfreude"). When a female audience member tossed ice cubes in the singer's face, Weasel jumped into the crowd and started throwing punches at the woman and one of the club's female owners who attempted to intervene.
Although he issued an apology for the assault, the damage was done within the band and everyone else quit.