Rivers Cuomo, lead singer and guitarist for Weezer, wrote the song in reaction to a meeting with Geffen executives, who told the band members that they needed to record more commercial material. Cuomo remarked, “I came out of it pretty angry. But ironically, it inspired me to write another song.” Jacknife Lee produced the track with the band in early 2008 in what was the third and final recording session for the album. The many references to popular culture in the song are said to be a “statement of defiance” according to Internet reviewer David Ritter, who later describes it to be an “anti-anthem anthem” that opens up a “broad space for critical exploration of what it means to be an aging band in the major label system”.
—Summer of 08’… Good, good times.