This started out a song with the same title but totally different lyrics. When The Kills relocated to a rented house in Los Angeles to record Ash & Ice
, singer Alison Mosshart decided to do a new version of 'Whirling Eye' with lyrics about Hollywood. She recalled to Tonedeaf.com
: "I changed the first verse and the last verse, like going on a drive through LA being very confused about life, going up and down Ventura Boulevard, melting in the sun, pumping gas in the afternoon."
Guitarist Jamie Hince added: "I'm so glad you did change it because it seemed like an odd one out for me. The lyrics had been written at some different tangent point, and I remember we had this conversation where I was saying, 'We should absorb more!' We wanted to absorb more of LA and what was around us – and then she came back the next day and said 'I've written some more stuff.'"
"I put her on the microphone and it was just amazing – it really felt like you could hear the helicopters above Sunset Boulevard and you could smell the palm trees. It was great."