“The band went out on toured, and by the time we got ready for pre-production, they didn’t really have any new material. So it was just little gems of things that they were noodling with, and we would turn them into songs. We’d didn’t worry about lyrics, as long as there were melody lines and we had something phonetic to work with.
“Even with the lack of songs, the band had improved dramatically from Get Your Wings. They were like a brand-new group. You could tell that they were about to take a giant step forward. They weren’t puppies anymore – now they could really play.
“We spent two months in Boston doing pre-production, and then we went to the Record Plant to make the record. The only song we didn’t have a melody for was Walk This Way. We had the riff, we had a track, but there was nothing for Steven to sing over. It almost felt too rhythmic. It wasn’t working, and we were going to dump it. It was not going to go on the record.
“Steven and I used to go out for walks. We did this a lot whenever he needed lyrics. We did the same walk around the same blocks in New York. So one day, the whole band and I went out. We're walking around, doing the same routine, only this time we ended up going to a movie – Young Frankenstein by Mel Brooks. There’s that scene where Marty Feldman as the hunchback says, ‘Walk this way.’ That struck us as being very funny.
“We went back to the studio, and I started joking around, going, ‘Walk this way, walk this way,’ doing it in these funny voices. We were all laughing. Steven said, ‘I’ll be right back.’ He liked to go sit in this stairway to work on lyrics. Within an hour, he was back with the lyrics to Walk This Way. After that, we had it.”