The distinctive bass groove was based on Sly & the Family Stone's "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)
," which Jimmy Jam told Songfacts
is one of his favorite songs of all time. Describing how he came up with the idea to use it, he said, "I was actually at a restaurant, I might have been with Janet, I can't remember who I was eating with. But I remember they were playing music in the background, sort of ambiance. And I remember all of a sudden just hearing the guitar lick on the break of 'Thank You,' which is 'da jing da jing jink.' I heard that, and I've heard that a million times, but it was the first time I heard it kind of out of context where I wasn't really listening and all of a sudden that part just grabbed my ear. And I immediately said, 'I'm going back to the studio because I'm going to loop that part and make a song out of it.' I had no clue that it was going to be 'Rhythm Nation' or anything like that. I just knew that that track, that was fine. That that was going to be just beyond – that was the spark of the idea."