This song was ostensibly written at the behest of the fine folks at the Nashville Cream blog for their second birthday celebration. They had surveyed their readers to scientifically decipher what made the most rocking songs rock, for the purpose of Frankensteining together "Nashville's Most Awesome Rock Song." We were given an exhaustive spreadsheet with the results of their poll and charged with writing the song. As expected, riffs were better than chord progressions, keyboards and jamming were universally bad, and short guitar solos and songs about doing it and partying were good.
The song is really about the bouncer at the Bear Flag Restaurant whorehouse in Steinbeck's Cannery Row. After we played it, the Cream said something like, "The Carter Administration's rendition of Nashville's Most Awesome Rock Song sounded, well... like The Carter Administration." As I can think of no other band I'd rather sound like, I took this as the compliment it was intended to be. Imitation being the sincerest form of flattery, I suppose the compliment was dual.