This eight minute epic with no chorus was chosen by the band as their first single from Primary Colours - they gave it away as a free download. Bassist/synth player Tom Cowan explained why to Interview Magazine: "It says everything that needs to be said in the new album. And it says it without it having to be packaged into a three minute pop single, and without having to concern ourselves with how it would fare in the charts. We put it out there, and let people draw their own conclusions."
This track was produced by Geoff Barrow from the English band Portishead.
The line in John Mellencamp's "Cherry Bomb" that sounds like "that's when a smoke was a smoke" is actually "that's when a sport was a sport," according to the published lyric. In that sense, "sport" is an endearment for someone of good nature.
Who writes a song about a name they found in a phone book? That's just one of the everyday things these guys find to sing about. Anything in their field of vision or general scope of knowledge is fair game. If you cross paths with them, so are you.