In 1984, a bootleg copy of this song was leaked to radio stations. The band was still signed to Epic Records at the time, and someone at the label apparently delivered the 5-inch demo reel of the song to at least one program director at a small-market station.
If the record was leaked in New York or LA, it would have been pulled quickly as word got to Epic, but with the song circulating in small markets, it took a few weeks before the label caught on. Charlie Mitchell, who was music director/DJ at one of these stations, explained to Forgotten Hits
that jocks were instructed to talk over the beginning and end of the song so competing stations couldn't steal it off the air. Said Mitchell: "We went along for a few weeks, playing our bootleg 'Amanda'... the corporate PD had even copied it and sent it to the other couple of properties in our group. None were within earshot of a CBS Records (parent company of Epic) office so I guess everything was fine. Until it wasn't. I was told that one of the other PD's in our chain had gone ahead and reported 'Amanda' as an add to Radio & Records
, and the conversation went roughly like this:
R&R: 'What new Boston record?!'
PD: 'It's called 'Amanda.' I've got it here on a 5-inch reel.'
A cease-and-desist immediately followed. Apparently from Walter Yetnikoff himself to our corporate PD via telephone. And as we all know, when it finally came out for real, 2 1/2 years later, it was on MCA!"