The first track, "Quote Unquote", was originally titled "Travolta", referring to John Travolta, but had to be changed for legal reasons. However, Travolta's name is still spoken in the song. The first few minutes of the Lunchroom Manners instructional video, where the band got its name, can be heard at the end of "Love is a Fist".
AllMusic called the album a "dizzying, disconcerting, schizophrenic tour through just about any rock style the group can think of, hopping from genre to genre without any apparent rhyme or reason, and sometimes doing so several times in the same song." The website described Mike Patton's lyrics as "even more bizarrely humorous than those he used in Faith No More", and "also less self-censored".
The album was generally well received by critics upon release, with AllMusic writing, "It's a difficult, not very accessible record, and the band wouldn't have it any other way" and awarding the album four and a half of a possible five stars.
Entertainment Weekly, however, gave the album a much more negative review, writing, "Adjectives like puerile and unlistenable take on entirely new dimensions when applied to Mr. Bungle".