“Fee Waybill came up with that title. He helped me with the lyrics, which I darkened up a little. I gave him the germ of the idea, and he came back with all this cool stuff.
“It’s like a fucked-up blues a la Steely, but a little more raw than that. I’m trying to write stuff that feels good but goes in a different harmonic direction than straight blues. The chorus is great; it’s anthemic and big and cool. It’s a real ‘fuck you’ to everybody. Who doesn’t love to sing nasty words, you know what I mean?
“I dug being able to do the free-form, drop-D solo thing on it. Sounds pretty cool. Lee Sklar plays bass on Judgment Day and this one, too. We’ve known each other a long time, man. He’s one of the greatest groove players of all time. When he plays something, it just feels right. He comes in and sets the groove.
“I even got a tiny bass solo out of him. I think I’m the first person to ever do that. He did this little bit after my guitar solo, and I was like, ‘There it is! I finally got a Lee Sklar bass solo!’ He said, ‘No, no – fuck that shit!’ [Laughs] But I left it in. It’s too good, man.”