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.
The lyrics for Lesley Gore's "It's My Party" were based on actual events relating to his daughter Judy's sweet 16 party. The teenager threw a tantrum and burst into tears when her mum and dad insisted that her grandparents had to be invited.