Jack White came up with the hardcore metal riff at a show in Cleveland a few years before the release of Icky Thump. In a Rolling Stone interview, White explained that his nephew brought him a bootleg of the show, which allowed him to reproduce it in the studio.
New Order took the title for "Blue Monday" from an illustration, which read "Goodbye Blue Monday," in the Kurt Vonnegut book Breakfast Of Champions. The image referred to the invention of the washing machine improving housewives' lives.
Arizona DJ Guy Zapoleon played UB40's "Red Red Wine" four years after it was released as part of a feature on songs that should have been hits. Listeners started requesting the tune and within weeks it was topping the Hot 100.