The song is a deliberately old-fashioned throwback to 1960s pop music. In an interview with Melody Maker'' magazine, Bob Stanley claims that it was written in ten minutes as a simple imitation of Herman's Hermits, and was only intended to be a B-side to "Everlasting", but the record company decided that it should be a single. "Everlasting" was dropped as a single and remained unreleased until it was eventually included on disc 2 on the deluxe edition of So Tough in 2009.
The album version of the song begins with a sample from the film Billy Liar (1963): "A man could lose himself in London. Lose himself. Lose'' himself. Lose himself in London!" The lyrics describe a man who is depressed and has ceased to care for himself - the singer tells him "jeans are old and your hair's all wrong / Don't you know that crewcuts and trainers are out again?" The singer invites him to "Just dial my number or call my name". It also makes reference to "watching Bruce on the old Generation Game", which led to the song being self-mockingly described as "the one about Bruce Forsyth" in the sleevenotes to the compilation Too Young to Die - The Singles.
On the CD single (but not the other formats), pieces of dialogue follow each track to segue into the next. Between "You're In a Bad Way" and "Archway People", there is a sample of dialogue from the film Brighton Rock (1947) spoken by Richard Attenborough. The third b-side, "Duke Duvet" is based on a drum break from "Enjoy the Silence" by Depeche Mode, and concludes with a comic monologue called "Spong-Bake" written by Christopher Morris.
- Category: 1992 songs
- Category: 1993 singles
- Category: Saint Etienne songs
- Category: Songs written by Bob Stanley (musician)
- Category: Songs written by Pete Wiggs
- album: So Tough
- genre: Britpop
- musicalArtist: Saint Etienne (band)
- musicalBand: Saint Etienne (band)
- performer: Saint Etienne
- previousWork: Avenue (song)
- producer: Alan Tarney
- record label: Heavenly Records
- recordLabel: Heavenly Recordings
- recordLabel: Warner Bros. Records
- releaseDate: 19930201
- subsequentWork: Hobart Paving
- writer: Bob Stanley (musician)
- writer: Pete Wiggs
- writer: Sarah Cracknell