Originally, “Inside Out” was just this piano and vocal song, which was great, but I wanted it to have a little bit more to it and not just be some kind of silly ballad. I said to Jim, “Why don’t we do it like a Dr. Dre song?” I was obsessed with Dr. Dre’s 2001 album and I wanted to do something like that. 2001 is a great-sounding record. There are so many great tunes on it. It’s got a hell of an attitude.
~ Britt Daniel
See the pitchfork interview here.