The frontwoman told Metro that her group relish the position of power it now has as part of the pop mainstream.
Ditto said: "This record is much more about gayness. We come from the post-riot grrrl scene, and when you're suddenly in the UK Top 40, it's a really rad platform.
"We were so isolated as kids - we had to scrape the surface until we found something cool. Without bands like Nirvana and Sonic Youth, we'd have been lost."
She added: "I just hope what we do inspires some totally nerdy boy with glasses in some remote village, or some fat girl who's been told she's ugly, to form a band.
"Happiness is so close - it starts when you get the f**k out of school!"