"When we set out on this record it was Larry who came up with the plan not to have a plan. He put up this idea that wouldn’t it be great just to make music for its own sake, not for the purpose of a live show or on album but just to see what we’re capable of.."
- Bono, September 2008, talking on the upcoming album
The title of the song '11 O'Clock Tick Tock' refers to a meeting Bono should have had with a friend but missed. The friend put up a note saying 11 O'Clock Tick Tock.