Asked about the song in an interview with The A.V. Club, Isaac Brock said that he consciously intended to write something that felt more positive than some of his previous work.
The song was released on February 14, 2004 and was the first Modest Mouse song to gain mainstream popularity. Nearly a half year after its release, it became the band's first #1 hit on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. In Australia, the song was ranked #11 on Triple J's Hottest 100 of 2004. In July 2009, it was also voted in at #94 in Triple J's Hottest 100 of All Time.
Not only the song, but the music video, featuring computer animation styled after pop-up books, bears a degree of resemblance to the video of Franz Ferdinand's breakthrough single "Take Me Out", which is animated in a similar style, though with different aesthetics. Both songs became popular at around the same time.
On March 14, 2007 the song was used in a segment on American Idol that served as an advertisement for the Ford Motor Company. Idol producers later confirmed that the segment was actually based on the Kidz Bop cover of the song.
This song is featured in the 2009 movie "Hit And Run"
The song was also used as pro-snowboarder Travis Rice's profile song in the Absinthe Movies film "POP".
It is a playable track on Rock Band 2, Rock Band Unplugged, and Guitar Hero World Tour.
The introduction of the song is commonly used at the start of a segment on the Mitch Albom Show on WJR radio in Detroit.
This song was in heavy rotation at night on MTV/MTV2/VH1/Fuse upon music video creation/release.
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