This was the lead single from Temporary Pleasure, the second album from the English production and remix duo, Simian Mobile Disco.
This song features Chris Keating, the frontman for the Brooklyn indie band Yeasayer. On this surreal song of unrequited love, the protagonist is a grasping materialist who can't get the girl, despite owning a "grape Kool-aid-filled swimming pool." James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco told the Independent August 21, 2009 that Keating's contribution surprised the duo. He admitted: "I've been to a few of their gigs and like their records, so wasn't expecting that. 'Going for a creepy 'N Sync vibe' was his quote. We had to send it back and forth a few times before we got our heads round it."
There was a rumor in the Soviet Union that The Beatles had secretly visited the U.S.S.R. and given a private concert for the children of top Communist party members. They believed the song "Back In The U.S.S.R." was written because of the concert. Actually, some fans still believe so.
Who writes a song about a name they found in a phone book? That's just one of the everyday things these guys find to sing about. Anything in their field of vision or general scope of knowledge is fair game. If you cross paths with them, so are you.