This is the title track from American indie rock band The Gaslight's second studio album. Prior to the release of the LP, it was released as a 7" vinyl single and a year later it was given a full single release.
The line "I hope we don't hear Marley's Chains we forged in life" is a reference to the ghost of Jacob Marley from Dickens' A Christmas Carol. This is one of many quotes and references from novels, films and songs on The '59 Sound. Singer guitarist Brian Fallon explained to Jam! Music: "I look at our music as a soundtrack and I look at the lyrics like a movie script. And I try and write them so that people are watching the images go by in their head as they're hearing the lyrics. And when I reference another song it's because it's playing during a scene in that movie. At least, that's how I see it in my head."
The online music store eMusic named The '59 Sound their best album of 2008.
The 'sound' of the title refers not only to vintage rock, but also to Fallon's self-built 1959 Fender Bassman amp.
"Piano Man" was inspired by Billy Joel's time playing at a piano bar in Los Angeles. The "real estate novelist" was a guy who always talked about writing a book, but spent all his spare time in the bar.