Musically, this was a huge departure from the organic, horn-based Chicago sound of the '60s and '70s. You won't hear a horn on this one, but you will hear processed drums, especially at the beginning as the song opens with a series of big, clipped beats - something Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins had been doing.
The drums were done by Jeff Porcaro, who according to Roger Linn
, was the best in the business when it came to drum programming. Porcaro, a member of Toto, was brought in by producer David Foster to craft the track, which gave them precise control over the instrumentation. This was bitter fruit to fans of Chicago's earlier work, but it was the cutting-edge hit sound of 1984 and kept their string of hits going.
Chicago's drummer, Danny Seraphine, found himself on the sidelines for this one (as well as "You're the Inspiration
"), and he wasn't happy about it. (Read more about this tumultuous time for the band in our interview with Bill Champlin