Travis Garland is a singer-songwriter from Lubbock, Texas who started his music career as a member of the boy band Not Like Them (NLT). They were discovered by record producer Chris Stokes and signed to his TUG Entertainment-label in 2006. The following year NLT toured with the Pussycat Dolls, and recorded a single with Timbaland. However, in 2009 the band split up before ever releasing an album. Garland went solo and was discovered online by the blogger and TV personality Perez Hilton, who was eager to help revive the young singer-songwriter's career. "Perez is like a mentor who uses his power and his influence where it can help me," Garland told Billboard Magazine. "Perez is extremely hands on. He's a creative type and likes to be involved. I see him once or twice a week, and we're constantly talking on the phone."
This is Garland's debut solo single, which was produced by Nathaniel "Danja" Hills. Thanks to his friendship with American Idol mastermind Simon Fuller, Perez was able to get his protégé a national debut for the song on the ratings-busting talent show.
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.