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."
Kid Rock's "All Summer Long" is a mashup of "Werewolves Of London" and "Sweet Home Alabama." The album it came from was released in October, 2007, but they held off until summer, 2008 for a more seasonable release.
"Big Love" is a showcase song for Lindsey Buckingham and the first single from Fleetwood Mac's 1987 album Tango In The Night, but he left the group soon after the album was released and the band didn't perform it live until he returned 10 years later.
The lyrics for Lesley Gore's "It's My Party" were based on actual events relating to his daughter Judy's sweet 16 party. The teenager threw a tantrum and burst into tears when her mum and dad insisted that her grandparents had to be invited.