This autobiographical country-tinged cut finds Shins vocalist James Mercer sharing his story of moving to England from Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1985. The relocation came about as a result of his air force father being transferred to RAF Lakenheath in Mildenhall, Suffolk to oversee the UK's armament cache, which included a number of nuclear weapons.
"It's fascinating to me," the singer reflected to Billboard magazine. "What a strange position to be in - during the Cold War, no less."
The Mercer family's move coincided with a golden age for British alternative rock and the Shins frontman sings here of falling in love with music as a teen.
A kid in class passed me a tape A band called the Jesus and Mary Chain
"After I moved, I didn't have any interaction with kids - inside high school and outside of it - for a year. That's how shy I was," Mercer explained. "And then there was this moment where a kid passes me a tape, and it was the Jesus and Mary Chain's Psychocandy. I think everybody has that moment where somebody turns them on to the cool, hip s--t. That's what I wanted to tap into."
Robin Thicke and his mom, Gloria Loring are the first the first ever mother-and-son to have both tallied top 10 singles on the Hot 100 as solo artists or duos. Loring reached #2 with Carl Anderson in 1986 with "Friends and Lovers" and Thicke topped the chart in 2013 with "Blurred Lines."