U2's Bono played harmonica on this track. He and Etheridge were recording at the same time at A&M Studios in Hollywood. When Bono wandered in to hear her sing, Etheridge asked him to play on the track, so Bono did.
The time and place are in the title to this track: Etheridge wrote it on April 16, 1988 at the Royal Station Hotel, Newcastle Upon Tyne.
It really was so easy for Linda Ronstadt to score a hit with her Buddy Holly cover of "It's So Easy." She would sometimes change the lyric to: "It's so easy to have a hit, all you have to do is recycle it."