According to the liner notes of Journey's Time3 compilation, this demanding piece employed an unusual kind of shuffle rhythm for the band. Guitarist Neal Schon fashioned the music along classic hard rock lines and a dense sound protruded somewhat from the overall sleeker tone of Departure. "It was more of a musician's tune," said keyboard player Gregg Rolie, "fun to play because musically it was so intriguing."
Samantha from ItalyCan't find any of these groupies related story about Journey, I think it only speculations...
Anwyn from Adelaide, Australia"Jellyroll" apparently refers to very young, probably under the age of consent, groupies and fans. So there's a certain amount of 'ick' factor from today's perspective, when the 70s fashion of rock stars getting into young groupies isn't seen as an acceptable thing any more. Given that his penchant for underage girls was supposedly the reason Ainsley Dunbar was asked to leave, after one close call too many with concerned parents calling the cops (or, according to another story, it was the underage daughter of a town sheriff), this song raises some really uncomfortable speculations.
Phil Oakey recorded his vocals for "Don't You Want Me" in the studio bathroom. The recording was disrupted by guitarist Jo Callis reaching through an open window from outside to repeatedly flush one of the toilets.