It was actually going to be "Set Us on Fire", but one of the sound mixers in the studio walked in as we were playing and said, "Sex on Fire", huh? I could barely move my arm, so I could only play high up on the neck, and the first thing I did was that opening riff. Composition[ edit ] In an interview with Robbie, Marieke and the Doctor on Australian radio station Triple J , Nathan Followill explained that the band never intended the song to be named "Sex on Fire", and that it was not intended to be about sexuality. We would set up our amps on the front porch, so there were these wide, open spaces. Despite giving the album a 4 out of 5, Spin thought the song was 'silly'. The vocal range is B3-G 4. But coming home, no one knew who the hell we were. This song was number 40 on Rolling Stone 's list of the Best Songs of In the video, the band is seen playing in the next room at an abandoned factory. Digital Spy rated the song four stars out of five, describing it as "A truly stirring single that will be a definite highlight on their winter arena tour. So I started writing about those times, about one person in particular from another band and how they lost their inspiration. Depending on whether a song starts with a melody or starts with lyrics, you know if it starts with a melody you just keep playing the melody over and over until you get it down and just throw in any lyrics that fit the verbal flow. I play that first part and the place goes f—ing nuts! When we got in the studio, I opened my mouth and it just poured out. It was a pleasant thing to say.