One of the lyrical themes that pops up several times on Heartworms is that of regret. Shins frontman explained to The Toronto Sun: "It's not because I regret things, but can see how things could have happened very differently quite easily... so the subject of regret is on songs like 'The Fear' and 'Fantasy Island.' It's an alternate universe version of myself I guess."
The Isley Brother's song, "Contagious," peaked at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100. This meant that the band of brothers became the first group to score a Top 50 hit in six consecutive decades on the chart.
Ronnie Van Zant wrote the Lynyrd Skynyrd classic "Gimme Three Steps" after making the mistake of dancing with a girl whose boyfriend was in the bar and probably had a gun. He asked for a 3-step head start.