It was released as the lead single from their fourth studio album, Sleeping with Ghostson 10 March There are several references to it throughout the song, one of the most noticeable being the reference to 2 May - the date on which the two main characters, Winston and Julia, first spend the night together. It was also released as downloadable content for Guitar Hero World Tour.
Critics generally praised the single upon its release. Rock Sound reasoned that the track's "kick ass romp"  reinforces "their status as purveyors of pure indie pop in the vein of The Smiths.
The music video sees the The Bitter End - Placebo - Sleeping With Ghosts playing in the dish of the Lovell Telescopeone of the largest radio telescopes. Halfway through the video, it displays an infrared image of a couple chasing after each other. They eventually catch each other up and kiss against a Deadpressure - Dead Side Story Volume One. Near the end of the video, the band is rained upon.
It was filmed close to Stockport in CheshireEngland. Two CD singles offering differing B-sides were issued, as well as a single The Bitter End - Placebo - Sleeping With Ghosts 7" vinyl format.
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