Stone Gossard of Mother Love Bone later formed a band called Brad with lead singer Shawn Smith, who learned a lot by watching Andrew Wood at work. In our interview with Smith
, he talked about how this song came together: "I had a 4-track and a little reverb unit. Andy lived across the street from me, and sometimes he would call me over to bring over my 4-track, because he had a song or something. So I recorded him doing the first version of 'Gentle Groove.' That was cool. And then I got to see a soundcheck a little while later, the full version with the band, with Love Bone. And it was just mind blowing. To see something go from a little acoustic song on my 4-track and then transferred into a band with two Marshall stacks, it was just a huge songwriting moment, where it's like, 'Oh, that's what happens.' You can have the little, teeny thing, and then you can put it in a band and make magic just explode."