This features guest vocals from A Sunny Day in Glasgow's Jen Goma. Frontman Kip Berman explained to Billboard magazine: "I wrote the lyrics, and I didn't actually write them thinking someone else would sing them. But I think it works, since 'Life After Life' is a bit in drag -- given that the lyrics draw on Genet's Our Lady of The Flowers as partial inspiration."
"But the idea of drag and the performance of gender is so open-ended that it really doesn't matter if the voice is (biologically) female or male," he added. "And given that Jen's voice is a bit more brassy and biting than mine, I thought that it conveyed a more complex relationship between confidence and frailty, strength and despair. Plus, it gets boring to listen to me for ten songs in a row, right?"
Our Lady of the Flowers (Notre Dame des Fleurs) was the debut novel of French writer Jean Genet (1910 –1986). First published in 1943 it is a largely autobiographical account of a man's journey through the Parisian underworld, featuring a fictionalized drag queen alter-ego by the name of Divine.
"The Night Chicago Died" was written and recorded by the British group Paper Lace. They talk about Al Capone in the song, but got a lot of details wrong - understandable since they wrote it based on gangster movies.