Vocalist Brett Anderson told NME about this portrait of secret lovers living for the moment. "I was thinking about my parents when I was writing that, drifting away and trying to make a life for themselves in the early '60s," he said. "I had a romantic vision of them."
Keyboard player Neil Codling commented to Uncut: "We've always drawn people who share that outsider culture. Outsiders is a simple statement of what we are, along the lines of 'Trash' and 'Beautiful Ones,' a rallying cry for the excluded."
The Four Tops' "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" was written by the Motown team of Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland and Eddie Holland. The phrase "Sugar pie, honey bunch" was something Dozier's grandfather used to say when he was a kid.