Frontman James Skelly (from his record label's website): "This was inspired by A Perfect Day For Bananafish by JD Salinger and I just wanted to write a song that captured the feel I got from that book then me and Nick (Power, organ) finished it off. It turned out like half Harry Nilsson and half Neil Young. JD Salinger's one of the best, he's really original, he takes a bit from F Scott Fitzgerald yet he has this mood that no one else has. The song's about a girl in a hotel, she's run away and her mum's worried about her. That's all I'm saying as I don't want to give it away."
A Perfect Day For Bananafish by JD Salinger is a short story, which was originally published in The New Yorker magazine in 1948. It was the first of Salinger's stories to feature the Jewish Glass family. Salinger is best known for his 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye.
Movie director Michel Gondry played live drums on the Late Registration track, "Diamonds From Sierra Leone." The Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind filmmaker happened to be in the studio on a day when producer Jon Brion was setting up a drum kit