Teeth Dreams finds The Hold Steady completely abandoning the piano in favor of a dual guitar attack following the departure of keyboardist Franz Nicolay in 2010. The addition of strings gives this song some additional luster.
A female character shows up almost immediately in every song on Teeth Dreams. Spin magazine asked Craig Finn what informed how he writes about women? He replied: "My life. One of the big things is that we're all trying to get something. Love is a huge part of it and some version of love — real or imagined — is the thing we think is going to fill this void."
"The second song on the record, 'Spinners,' there is a girl who's going out, and it's from seeing a girl dressed up on the train and thinking about where she was going," Finn continued. "I was thinking like that: going out and trying to make a connection, just trying to go out as a single person on a Saturday night and trying to find some feeling of belonging."
It has long been speculated that the Soundgarden song "Black Hole Sun" came from the name of a sculpture in Seattle, but according to their frontman Chris Cornell the title came from a phrase he misheard on the news. The band's name did come from a sculpture.