“They were kind of pegged as a particular kind of band. Their record before this one [1980's ...But The Little Girls Understand] got slammed really bad. But Doug Fieger was more influenced by The Doors than The Beatles, and with this album, he wanted to make the kind of record that he always knew he could. I was looking online recently, and I saw something that said Round Trip was considered a classic.
“To be honest, when I first heard My Sharona, it scared me. I studied that record. I thought, Wow, something’s getting past me. I have to really listen to this. But they weren’t interested in making another My Sharona. They had progressed. What they wanted to make was an art record, and they picked me not because I had produced Aerosmith, but because I had worked with Patti Smith.
“The critics and the fans and the people at Capital just blasted us for Round Trip, but we were very happy with it. They were a lot of fun to work with.”