This one was written by Toto guitarist/vocalist Steve Lukather. It's a power ballad, light on the power and heavy on the ballad. The song is about letting an old love go and promising not to stand in their way as they pursue a new life.
Toto IV was a huge album, featuring the continental hit "Africa." But "I Won't Hold You Back" was the only song from the set to top the Adult Contemporary chart, giving Toto their first #1 on that tally ("Africa made it only to #5).
New Order took the title for "Blue Monday" from an illustration, which read "Goodbye Blue Monday," in the Kurt Vonnegut book Breakfast Of Champions. The image referred to the invention of the washing machine improving housewives' lives.
Movie director Michel Gondry played live drums on the Late Registration track, "Diamonds From Sierra Leone." The Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind filmmaker happened to be in the studio on a day when producer Jon Brion was setting up a drum kit
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."