Through the '80s [DAN BAIRD] was front man for the Satellites, a band he helped form in 1980. Just one major hit single, "Keep Your Hands to Yourself," came out of three albums on Elektra Records. In 1991, with the Satellites sinking slowly, Baird called it quits.
Through former Satellites guitarist Brendan O'Brien, now an engineer for Def American Records, Baird met Rick Rubin, the label's noted head man. The result: a solo deal with the company, with O'Brien producing the debut album.
Recording the album was fun, Baird recalled, except for the times he and Rubin were butting heads. The most memorable battle was over the inclusion of ballads on the album-Baird for and Rubin against. Rubin won.