Eric "ET" Thorngren produced the album, and former Soft Boys member Andy Metcalfe made his only appearance as an official member of Squeeze on the album. He would end up writing again with Glenn Tilbrook during his solo years.
The album was released in September of 1987 and gave them their biggest U.S. hit, "Hourglass." The song became an unexpected U.S. hit for the band, reaching #15 on the Billboard Hot 100, which Chris Difford attributed to the video for the song as much as the song itself: "I would think that the video has had a lot to do with it. It’s been played a lot, and everybody you speak to compliments you on it. When you meet fans after gigs, they say, “Your video’s great.” They don’t say, “Your album’s great.” So it’s the first thing they think of."
A second song released in the US later in the year, "853-5937", also landed at number 32 on the US Hot 100 charts.