In 2011 whilst on the first part of their worldwide Wasting Light tour Dave Grohl had an idea for a viral video to promote the United States leg of the tour later in the year. Years previous the band were on tour and came across a truck stop with a shower facility and whilst there Grohl had noticed that "big, burly truckers" were going in take showers with a lady calling out numbers when it was their turn. His idea was to parody the experience and mid tour the band decided to record an appropriate background track to accompany the future video.
On August 21st the band were booked to appear at the Highfield Festival in Erfurt, Germany and two days later at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne. The day in between the shows was free and touring Foo Fighter Rami Jaffee had planned to use the day to visit a local studio owned by a friend of his, Robert Schuller. Art Farm studios, part of a larger complex that includes a club, restaurant and hotel is located in Drabenderhöhe, a small locality of the city of Wiehl, 40 kilometres east of Cologne.
Rami Jaffee had been friends with Schuller for several years (even having a room of the hotel named after him) and planned to visit his friends studio to work on some of his own music on his day off. These plans were somewhat interrupted however as a few days before the planned visit Dave Grohl caught wind of the plans and thought this would be a prime opportunity for Foo Fighters to record a track mid tour.
The track they recorded was 'Keep It Clean', a playful tongue in cheek song with lyrics that roughly followed the truck stop experience Grohl intended to mock. According to Schuller the track was recorded and finished in just five hours, the band offering him backstage tickets to the Cologne show the next night by way of thanks for letting them use his studio at short notice.
Two versions of the vocal track for the song were recorded, one with the line "Maybe if we're lucky just a little butt fucking" and a second more PG version featuring "a little bear huggin'" instead. The track was featured in the background of the tour video and the PG version was also made available in full via the foofighters.fm website.