This song was dedicated to Joe Cole, a roadie for Black Flag and Rollins Band. He was shot and killed in a robbery on December 19, 1991, as he and his roommate, Henry Rollins, returned home from a video rental store. In the press bio for Dirty, singer and guitarist Thurston Moore called it an "LA story. One of limitless violence; the hopeless and the hopeful."
"JC," which is a bonus track on some versions of Dirty, was also inspired by Cole's murder.
The song's music video, which was directed by Tamra Davis and Spike Jonze, also alludes to the shooting of Cole. The bass guitar played by Kim Gordon in the clip, was loaned to her by the actor Keanu Reeves.