Producer Bob Rock found working with the Crüe difficult, describing them as "four L.A. bad asses who used to drink a bottle of wine and want to kill each other." To minimize conflict and allow production to proceed smoothly, Rock had each member record their parts separately.
The lyrics of "Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)" feature a reference to "Too Young to Fall in Love" from the band's 1983 album Shout at the Devil.
The end of "Slice of Your Pie" is based on "She's So Heavy", from the Beatles' Abbey Road album.
Steven Tyler of Aerosmith sings backing vocals on "Sticky Sweet". "Nikki and Tommy and I hung out a lot," said Tyler, who was in Vancouver around the same time, recording Pump. "Of course, we're all akin by our old drinking and drugging days."