Foreigner's lead singer and co-writer of the song explains in his book, Juke Box Hero, where the title came from: "In the case of "Double Vision", my inspiration came from a hockey game. The New York Rangers were playing the Philadelphia Flyers in the Stanley Cup playoffs and during a flurry in front of the net, one of the Flyers elbowed Rangers goalieJohn Davidson in the head. He was knocked woozy and had to be helped to the locker room. One of the announcers came on with an update…that the goalie had been experiencing some double vision. Voila!"
It was used in the TV series Bones, in the season one episode, Two Bodies in the Lab, where Booth is injured by a refrigerator rigged to blow up, in season five, Rocker in the Rinse Cycle, and season eight, Ghost in the Machine, and is referred to as Brennan and Booth's 'song'.
The song was made available to download on May 23, 2011 for play in the Rock Band 3 music gaming platform in both Basic rhythm, and PRO mode which takes advantage of the use of a real guitar / bass guitar, along with support for standard MIDI-compatible electronic drum kits / keyboards in addition to vocals.
A parody of the song, Hot Pockets, was used by Nestlé in a 2014 advertising campaign for their sandwich products of the same name. The idea for the commercial was stolen without compensation from WRIF radio host Dave Hunter, who first debuted his Hot Pockets idea on the Detroit morning radio show Dave and Chuck "The Freak" in 2013.