The album is most notable for the return of original lead singer Victor Willis, who resumed his role as co-writer of the songs. Ray Simpson (who had replaced Willis) is featured on two tracks, "Everybody Loves the Funk" and "Radio Freak" and the G.I., Alex Briley sings lead on the ballad "Lonely Lady". Willis sang lead on all the other songs, which had an edgy funk-oriented feel (and included an early hip hop track, "Play Bach"). Another change of members was construction worker David Hodo was replaced by Mark Lee.
The two releases are identical except that In the Street contains a bonus track, "America", featuring Miles Jaye (who replaced Ray Simpson).
Although Jeff Olson joined Village People in 1980, this was first album that he appeared in cowboy costume.