This features guest Daniel Lanois playing steel guitar and extra percussion provided by Jim Keltner, who is a legendary session drummer, having played with Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Ry Cooder, George Harrison, and John Lennon.
Tim Burgess (from an interview with Play Louder): "It doesn't matter what wonderful things individual women achieve, we still live in a masculine society where men are considered the superior species. Of course men are physically stronger (in most cases), but women are mentally and emotionally stronger. They also don't feel the need to be one of the herd... Morrissey, Curtis Mayfield, Bobby Gillespie and Mick Jagger have all tried exploring their feminine side, but we still carry on treating women badly. Hopefully every man who hears the lines 'A man needs to be told what to do with his life, he'll get lost in the dark' will go home and re-approach himself."
"The Way" by Fastball was inspired by the story of an elderly couple from Texas who drove to a nearby family reunion and kept going. Fastball's bass player imagined them taking off and having fun like they were young. The story didn't end well: the couple was later found dead after they crashed in a canyon.
Meghan Trainor and her producer Kevin Kadish originally wrote "All About That Bass" for another artist to record. However, after Epic Records boss LA Reid heard Meghan play a demo of the song on a ukulele, he signed the young songwriter to his label and told her she should sing it.