Frontman Matt Healy described his lyrics for The 1975's self-titled debut LP to The Guardian as "a genuine kind of diary." He added: "And that's the thing I'm really proud of in this album – it's me figuring myself out. Even the line in Heart Out – 'Your obsession with rocks and brown. And fu--ing the whole town' … I'm always talking about me, really."
The lyrics for Lesley Gore's "It's My Party" were based on actual events relating to his daughter Judy's sweet 16 party. The teenager threw a tantrum and burst into tears when her mum and dad insisted that her grandparents had to be invited.
The Prince-penned "Manic Monday" was the first song The Bangles heard coming from a car radio, but "Eternal Flame" is closest to Susanna's heart, perhaps because she sang it in "various states of undress."