Goth before goth, Bauhaus broke up in 1983. It wasn't until 1998 that this compilation of Bauhaus' greatest hits was released with the LP hits as well as the English singles such as "Bela Lugosi's Dead."
It was Killing Joke's first album in seven years, following Democracy in 1996, and their second self-titled album, following their debut in 1980. With John Robb of Playlouder wrote that the album "may well be the best rock record you'll hear all year".
Closer, the band's 1980 sophomore album released two months after the death of lead singer Ian Curtis, continued where the first album left off, with "Heart And Soul", "Isolation", and "Twenty Four Hours".