War on Drugs mainman Adam Granduciel was not in a good place when he began writing the songs for Lost in the Dream. His previous relationship had broken down and he found himself dealing with depression, anxiety and a sense of alienation. Granduciel pulled his feelings into the songs he wrote for the record. "It was a really difficult record to make," he told The Sun. "Once I finished it, I felt nothing but relief. The recording was a manifestation of a lot of different emotions. Even with whatever success the record's had, it's not as it that time in my life is fully behind me. I'm just fortunate I have something to remind me of that time."
"Sloop John B" is a traditional West Indian folk song, and it was a huge hit for The Beach Boys in 1966. They tweaked the lyric, "This is the worst trip since I've been born" to "...I've ever been on" as a wink to acid culture.
Geffen Records made history on June 27, 1994 when Aerosmith's "Head First" became the first major label song made available for exclusive digital download. Download speeds at the time were so slow it took around 75 minutes to download the track.