Bass player Simon Jones told the New Musical Express January 19 2008: "That was born out of a 25-minute jam and we just edited it down into a song. That's kind of the method we've always used, ever since the early days. We all take away the tracks, and make a note of all the bits that are good, then just put them together."
In an interview with BBC DJ Steve Lamacq in July 2008 Richard Ashcroft explained: "Lyrically it's like a rite of passage song, it's a song where, you know, someone's literally searching for the light, searching for salvation."
In the same Steve Lamacq interview guitarist Nick McCabe revealed: "One of the signature guitar lines is actually me checking that the guitar's working, the bit at the beginning with a duff note. 'Diddly ding.' I was like, 'Is it on?'"
The lyrics for Lesley Gore's "It's My Party" were based on actual events relating to his daughter Judy's sweet 16 party. The teenager threw a tantrum and burst into tears when her mum and dad insisted that her grandparents had to be invited.