This was one of the quickest songs Brett Anderson has written. Speaking to Danielle Perry on Absolute Radio, he recalled "waking up one day with this little thing in my head, 'Filmstar, propping up the bar...'
Though it was really early in the morning Anderson called Richard Oakes saying, "I've got this thing, can I come round to your flat?!"
Once there, Anderson sat him down and sang "Filmstar, propping up the bar." Oakes "just sort of sat there and threaded this guitar thing" and the pair wrote the entire song really quickly.
Anderson added it was unusual to come up with a song so speedily. "I think lots of people assume that it's that easy because they've seen biopics about The Doors or something like that where they suddenly write 'Light My Fire
,'" he said. "It was never like that. It's always months and months of like poring over chords and changing words slightly. But this actually was really a very quick process."