This song touches on the loss the band felt when their keyboardist Rob Collins was killed in a car crash in 1996. In a Rolling Stone interview, Tim Burgess said: "He was really part of our lives, and even though we don't mention him everyday now, he was definitely part of the group's setup. I don't think we can avoid it. The song, 'My Beautiful Friend,' we purposely tried not to write it about him. But, it just flowed through. Some ideas can't be stopped. Weird one, 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.