It has a similar musical style to Dead Man's Party (1985) with refined studio production, but with fewer party-friendly compositions. Its original proposed title was "More Nervous Energy". It was also released in a limited edition box set, titled "Boingo in a Box", consisting of five 7-inch vinyl records with one track on each side. The box set featured an additional studio track Mama that was not included in the standard LP, CD or cassette releases. Radio interviews and demo tapes from the period indicate that the song Cinderella Undercover was recorded but again cut from the album; it was initially considered to appear on Only A Lad (1981). Both songs were subsequently re-recorded for the live album Boingo Alive in 1988.