It features highlights from the band's first three albums (It, Freaks and Separations), along with non-album singles ("Little Girl (With Blue Eyes)" and "Dogs Are Everywhere") and B-sides ("Death Goes to the Disco", "The Mark Of The Devil", "97 Lovers" and "Blue Glow"). The album title is a reference to the band's song "Countdown", therefore (aside from the extended version of "Countdown" which closes the album) the running order goes backwards chronologically from 1992 to 1983.
Being released at the height of Pulp's and Britpop fame, the album reached #10 in the UK Album Chart, the only charting compilation album of the band's Fire Records era material. The sleevenotes are written by Guardian journalist Caroline Sullivan, a longtime friend of the band, and detail the group's history, particularly prior to their main commercial success.
Jarvis Cocker was very critical of the compilation at the time of its release. Cocker: "I would urge anybody not to buy it. Please, I find it embarrassing to be honest. And also the way it's packaged to look a bit modern, a bit like our sleeves now. It's a crap version... I wouldn't recommend it to anybody. And Fire records never did us any favours when we were on the label. Being signed to that label was the single biggest thing that prevented us succeeding. It almost made us split up."