"Blood for Poppies" is the 2012 lead single from alternative rock band Garbage's fifth studio album Not Your Kind of People, and will be released as a digital single in Australia, and as a limited edition 7" single marking Record Store Day 2012. Released to participating independent record stores, the press run is just 2,500 units, of which 1,900 copies will be distributed throughout the United States. The white-vinyl single will be backed with an exclusive Butch Vig remix of the song. In the United Kingdom, "Battle In Me" will instead be released as the album's lead single, in place of "Blood for Poppies".
Prior to the commercial distribution of the track, "Blood for Poppies" was given away free by Garbage via their own band website. In a statement issued to mark the free release, the band wrote: "We've always had the most amazingly loyal fans, and we wanted to show them just how much they mean to us by setting it free to them first". "Blood for Poppies" had leaked online earlier in the week.
"Blood for Poppies" was one of the first songs finished for the record. "The song is meant to feel sort of like an abstract dream," Garbage singer Shirley Manson recalled. "The inspiration came from a story I had read in Los Angeles Times about the opium trade and also from watching the documentary Restrepo. It’s not literal in any sense whatsoever but it’s a song about disorientation and delusion and the human struggle to stay sane in the face of insanity.