Apparently, while the band was recording “Toys in the Attic” in New York City, they encountered a stubborn bout of writer’s block that refused to subside. To take their minds off music for awhile and clear their heads, the band and their producer Jack Douglas traveled down to Times Square to catch a late night viewing of “Young Frankenstein.” The film was wildly popular at the time and considered a comedic masterpiece, so it was bound to provide some jocular relief and alleviate some of the daunting pressure to conceive new music. However, the troupe of rockstars could have never expected that the film would lead to a new direction in their writing process (per Snopes).
“I had already seen it, so I stayed behind and hung out on the roof,” guitarist Joe Perry recalled (via Snopes). “When the guys returned, they were throwing lines back and forth from the film. They were laughing about Marty Feldman greeting Gene Wilder at the door of the castle and telling him to follow him.”