The Used close their fifth album, Vulnerable on a romantic, yet dark note. The song was heavily inspired by the Chuck Palahniuk novel Damned, about a thirteen year old girl who finds herself in Hell, unsure of the details surrounding her death. Another major inspiration was the 2011 Lars von Trier film Melancholia. "Maybe the end of everything, so long as you can be with the person you love, everything will be alright, no matter what," said vocalist and lyricist Bert McCracken. "It's kind of a sappy, end of the world song."
"Come Dancing" by The Kinks was inspired by the older sister of Ray Davies, who would make guys take her out dancing and spend their money on her, only to send them home frustrated with just a peck on the cheek.
The song "Sadeness" by Enigma (the one with the chanting monks), got its name from the French novelist Marquis de Sade, who believed sex had to be painful in order to be pleasurable - thus the word "sadism."
"Abracadabra" was inspired by Diana Ross and The Supremes. Steve Miller first met the girl group when they performed together on NBC's Hullabaloo in 1966, and he wrote the lyrics after spotting Diana Ross skiing in the mountains years later.