Walsh joined the Eagles for their 1976 Hotel California
album, but it was three years before they released their next album, The Long Run
. "In The City" was included on the album, which was released after the Warriors
soundtrack (Songfacts on the Eagles version
). The subject matter of the song didn't really suit the Eagles, but in a 1981 BBC interview, Walsh explained why it was released as an Eagles track: "The Warriors
was made about gang-type city situations, and I related to that, having grown up in New York City, so again it was a positive statement to go against the desperation of miles and miles of concrete and growing up in a city – that really can affect you, and we thought it was a valid thing to put on The Long Run
, and so we chose to do it."