This song was written in reference to the craze generated by Franz Liszt, a 19th century Hungarian composer known for being ahead of his time. Phoenix singer Thomas Mars told the Washington DC free newspaper Express (Source Lisztomania Songfacts): "We liked the idea that it's just a mash-up, that our songs bring in influences from everywhere. I think that Franz Liszt was one of them; there were other things, visuals. And maybe it was the fact that we grew up in Versailles and we were surrounded by historical things. Read more on Last.fm.