This was the first UK Top 40 single for English indie rock band, The Cribs.
Drummer Ross Jarman told Mojo magazine October 2009 that this swipe at hipster crowds was fueled by their experiences: "playing Brixton Windmill, full of kids who were only there because they thought it made them look cool."
Just after this song was released, former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr heard it on his car radio. He told Mojo that as the track played, "I felt I had a connection with Gary's voice, Ryan's guitar, the attitude. I could hear destiny." In 2008 he became a formal member of The Cribs.
The song was improvised during the band's Brixton Windmill gig. Bassist Gary Jarman recalled to NME: "We did 'Third Outing,' which was the last song. We'd usually do a bit of improv afterwards. We just started singing 'Hey Scenesters!' to the crowd." He added; "We were the guys from out of town. We were literally shouting at the room and putting music to it."
This was placed 42nd in a poll for the top 50 Indie anthems of all time, which was published in the NME in May 2007.