This song finds Tom Petty referencing America's Great depression of the 1930s, as well as striking a chord with current problems. He told The Sun. "I was thinking of (Franklin D) Roosevelt's term for people in the depression."
Pete Townshend never had a #1 UK hit with The Who or as a solo artist, but he did produce and play on a song that hit the top spot there: "Something In The Air" by Thunderclap Newman, a group he assembled.
"It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" was inspired by a dream where Michael Stipe conjured up images of people with the initials L.B.: Lester Bangs, Leonid Breshnev, Lenny Bruce and Leonard Bernstein.