This song is a pop at music anoraks. Michael Campbell, The Courteeners' drummer, told the Peterborough Evening Telegraph January 18, 2008: "I wouldn't like to put words in Liam's (frontman Liam Fray) mouth, but I think the general idea is about people who sit on their PCs collecting music but don't go out to gigs - you know, people who claim to have discovered a band in Japan that only 3 people have heard of."
This was produced by Stephen Street, who has also produced the likes of Blur, The Cranberries, Kaiser Chiefs and The Smiths. In the same interview Campbell recalled: "He was an absolute legend. He came to see us play live a few times, and the live tracks he heard then have transcended really well on to the album. He was really approachable, and he wasn't overbearing, or saying 'this is how the record's going to sound'. On one of the days he got out some of the B-sides of bands he'd worked with for us to listen to and he was really proud of it - and so he should be."
"Bittersweet Symphony" by The Verve samples an obscure orchestral arrangement of the 1965 Rolling Stones song "The Last Time." The Verve had to sign away most of the royalties before they could release the song.