Singled Out: Space Fight's Who Do You Think You're Foolin'?
"Who Do You Think You're Foolin" is a song about taking self-deprecation too far, but it was inspired by drinking and hangovers. I wrote the first verse way back in 2009 when I was living in South London, while drinking cask ales in a pub called The Antelope. I typed the lyrics out on my UK mobile, and promptly forgot about them. Once I moved back to New York in 2011, the lyrics were a distant memory, and the mobile was dead and unchargeable.
Fortunately, that spring, Space Fight returned to London, where we opened for Ra Ra Riot on their UK tour. I plugged in my old mobile and found lots of crappy lyrics, but those stood out to me as being somewhat interesting. During some downtime at rehearsal, I started strumming some chords along with the verse, taking inspiration from Thin Lizzy's "Jailbreak" and David Bowie's "Suffragette City."
The song stayed in that form for months. I couldn't come up with a chorus. I struggled with terrible ideas for over a year, until last summer. It came to me during a horrible hangover, sitting on my couch, not working on our LP like I should have been doing. I was watching Matt Damon on TV being interviewed, and he was very polite, and humble, and trying to play down his coolness. And I muttered to myself, "Who do you think you're foolin, everyone knows you're cool." I instantly knew I had the chorus for this song. The lyrics, melody and chord progression just all came out at once, with minimal effort on my part, which was fortunate because of my pounding headache.
Those are the moments we live for as writers, when everything arrives at once, as if from a source outside of ourselves. And in this case, I won't be coy about it, the tune really kicks ass.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and check out the video right here!