Like many songs on the album, this was inspired by Spiteri's break-up with her boyfriend Ashley Heath. The singer told the Daily Record May 10, 2008: "It's a more hopeful song. It's about coming out of the end of heartbreak and getting on with life."
Phil Oakey recorded his vocals for "Don't You Want Me" in the studio bathroom. The recording was disrupted by guitarist Jo Callis reaching through an open window from outside to repeatedly flush one of the toilets.
Fall Out Boy's "The Kids Aren't Alright" song title is not a reference to The Offspring's 1998 single of the same name. It actually alludes to The Who's 1979 rockumentary film called The Kids Are Alright.