The inspiration for this song was Patrick McGoohan. Although never an A List star, his body of work included work in and on the American TV series Columbo, for which he won two Emmy Awards. Early on in his career he also appeared in live theatre. McGoohan was a Cosmopolitan figure: born in New York of Irish parents in 1928, and raised in both Ireland and England, he was in many ways like Noël Coward the quintessential Englishman. He died in Los Angeles in January 2009.
"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.
His keyboard work helped define the Muscle Shoals sound and make him an integral part of many Neil Young recordings. Spooner is also an accomplished songwriter, whose hits include "I'm Your Puppet" and "Cry Like A Baby."