Titled in honor of NBA small forward Josh Smith, this slow-burning soul-ballad finds Stephen Malkmus trying out a romantic croon. Uncut magazine commented to the ex Pavement mainman that this might qualify as his first R&B slow jam and asked if this is what he had in mind? Malkmus replied: "You are in the right ballpark – the lyrics are classic 'forbidden fruit' imagery, and there's a great apathetic trombone solo! Since I feel out of my range in this genre, I think of it as more lite psyche/Nashville/LA watering down/ 'whitening' of soul – countrypolitan version of Al Green. Everybody got soul though, so that's dead-end thinking."
"Islands in the Stream" was originally written by The Bee Gees as an R&B song. It was originally written by the brothers for Marvin Gaye, however it was recorded instead as a duet by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton with the Gibb Brothers also contributing vocals.
"Won't Get Fooled Again" by The Who is about a revolution, but it doesn't have a happy ending, since in the end the new regime becomes just like the old one. Pete Townshend thought that whoever was in power was destined to become corrupt.