On Oct. 29, 1996, 311 released “All Mixed Up” as the third single from their 15-month-old eponymous CD (their third LP also known as “the blue album”). The song was written as the band was touring to support their second album, Grassroots. The title, according to co-writer Nick Hexum, came from an interview in which Elvis Presley said he was “all mixed up” by the quick rise in his celebrity and fame.
Reggae samplings in “All Mixed Up” include the opening echoing-synthesizer from Yellowman’s “Mister Chin” as well as “Ring the Alarm” by Tenor Saw. The song’s pop-riddim groove and vocals by writers Hexum and S.A. Martinez made it a Top 40 hit.