While this wasn't the first time Eddie used keyboards on a Van Halen song (1980's "Everybody Wants Some!!
" being the first), it's one of the few from the band's pre-synthesizer-heavy 1984
album days. Back then the inclusion of keyboards on Van Halen music was not at all welcomed by Eddie's bandmate David Lee Roth and producer Ted Templeman. They preferred he stay focused primarily on playing the guitar since, after all, he was known as a "Guitar God." As a result, Eddie became increasingly frustrated and even considered quitting the band because he couldn't express himself creatively. His angst would ultimately be injected straight into Fair Warning
, the band's darkest and most aggressive-sounding album. Eddie did, however, manage to get some synthesizers on the record. He and engineer Donn Landee would wait until the band and producer left the studio to record music.