The Raveonettes formed out of “mutual disenchantment with the state of the musical art in their homeland.” Sune Rose Wagner (guitar and vocals) and Sharin Foo took a curious approach to their first album, Whip It On, developing a strict set of rules: The album was composed entirely in B-flat minor, no more than three chords were allowed and each song had to be under three minutes. No high hat or ride cymbals were used in the making of the album.

Although critics and fans issued healthy praise for Whip It On, the Raveonettes have, by most accounts, exceeded all expectations with their sophomore release, The Chain Gang Of Love. Abandoning the self-imposed guidelines of their debut, they opted for a more lush, layered sound, combining classic pop melodies with their established post-punk influences.

The album was co-produced by Wagner with Richard Gottehrer, best known for his work with Blondie, the Go-Go’s, and Richard Hell and the Voidoids.