Speaking with Blues & Soul
, Louis Johnson explained how the song "Q" came together. "It was around four in the morning in the studio and I guess I was half-awake and half-asleep," he said. "And I just started tripping out on this particular riff. I figured I was dreaming so when I really woke up, I put it down straight away. I guess that's the advantage of falling asleep in the studio - at least you can get your ideas down right then and there! What turned out to be heavy about it was that when Quincy heard it, he said that it had some of the same structure as something he'd done for a movie years ago."
Louis fleshed out the song with his brother George, and it was included on their second album, Right On Time
. The brothers were exceptionally talented songwriters, but their biggest hit was the only cover song on the album: "Strawberry Letter 23
," originally by Shuggie Otis.