This song finds Tom Petty using plate tectonics as a metaphor for emotional turmoil. Other tracks titled after fault lines include ones by Silverchair and Deep Purple.
This is the only Hypnotic Eye track on which Heartbreakers guitarist and album co-producer Mike Campbell has a co-songwriting credit. He told Uncut magazine: "It's got a lot of guitar and a great rhythm and tempo we've never used before."
The Isley Brother's song, "Contagious," peaked at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100. This meant that the band of brothers became the first group to score a Top 50 hit in six consecutive decades on the chart.
Walk The Moon vocalist Nicholas Petricca got the idea for "Shut Up and Dance" when he and his girlfriend were taking forever to get drinks at a Los Angeles club bar. Petricca was getting frustrated, so his girlfriend told him to, "Shut up and dance with me!'"