Tricky explained the title of this song on his record label's website: "Joseph is one of two songs I've named after the tune's lead singer. I met him outside a food shop in LA. He was a busker. Problem is… I've lost his details. I have no idea where this kid is now. So I called it Joseph so, hopefully, he hears it somewhere and gets in touch. 'Cos I want to work with him again."
"Come Dancing" by The Kinks was inspired by the older sister of Ray Davies, who would make guys take her out dancing and spend their money on her, only to send them home frustrated with just a peck on the cheek.