Kitchens Of Destruction's members came from Switzerland, Spain and Monmouthshire, but formed after meeting at a house party in Tooting, South London in 1986. They signed to One Little Indian two years later and released their debut album Love Is Hell in 1989. Their allusive, complex lyrics were groundbreaking – vocalist Patrick Fitzgerald sang about life as an unreconciled gay man in a way that was far from in-keeping with the then-trends for gay pop. While the album earned KOD comparisons to bands like Echo & the Bunnymen and The Chameleons, the guitar soundscapes created by Julian Swales and the passionate lyrics and vocal delivery of Fitzgerald gave the band their own signature sound. This vinyl reissue serves as the first time Love Is Hell has appeared on the format since it's original release.