The album's lead single, "Heroin Girl," performed well on college radio but did not gain significant mainstream airplay. That would be granted to their follow up, "Santa Monica," which effectively put Everclear on the map. The next two singles, "Heartspark Dollarsign" and "You Make Me Feel Like A Whore," would have moderate rotation, but the band wouldn't gain major success again until their next album, So Much for the Afterglow.
The cover art to Sparkle and Fade features childhood pictures of the three members of the band, with bassist Craig Montoya on the left, guitarist/singer Art Alexakis in the middle, and drummer Greg Eklund on the right.
The album is Everclear's third best selling album to date with 1 million copies sold. It was dedicated to slain singer Mia Zapata of the Seattle punk rock band The Gits.