Singer Michael Angelakos told NPR he penned this plea to escape for escape from the tedium of an ordinary life after a spread of time cooped up in his apartment when nothing seemed to be going right. "In this case, our apartment started seeming so … off," he explained. "It's the apartment! It's the apartment's fault! We can't do ANYTHING in here. And the rent is ridiculous! And it's not us, or the 8,000 other things happening that are totally stressful and annoying and easy to forget when we've got such a terrible apartment like this - rest assured!"
The lyrics to "Heartbreak Hotel" were written by a steel guitar player who was once a dishwasher repairman. He was inspired by a newspaper story about a man who killed himself and left behind a note saying only, "I walk a lonely street."
The Prince-penned "Manic Monday" was the first song The Bangles heard coming from a car radio, but "Eternal Flame" is closest to Susanna's heart, perhaps because she sang it in "various states of undress."