Having returned from the United States where they were promoting their debut album Crocodiles, Echo & the Bunnymen went on to tour the United Kingdom. The concert held at the Pavilion Gardens in Buxton, Derbyshire on 17 January 1981 was recorded by the Manor Mobile. Four songs from the concert, "Crocodiles", "Zimbo", "All That Jazz" and "Over the Wall", were mixed at Rockfield Studios in Monmouth, Wales. The EP was released on 10 April 1981 and subsequently peaked at number 37 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming the band's first hit single.
The title of the EP comes from a line in an earlier Bunnymen song, "Stars Are Stars".
A limited edition of 500 32-minute videos were subsequently released in 1982 of the Buxton concert. These were made available only to people who had been present at the concert.