This was the first single from Carlisle's second solo album. After her group The Go-Go's split in 1985, she remained signed to their label, I.R.S., and issued her self titled debut in 1986. The Go-Go's had some squabbles that led to their breakup, but Carlisle remained close to her bandmate Charlotte Caffey, who worked on those first two solo albums as a songwriter and guitarist. The Go-Go's other guitarist, Jane Wiedlin, had modest success early on with her solo career, but Carlisle had an instant hit with her first single, "Mad About You
," and became a superstar when "Heaven Is A Place On Earth" became a global smash, topping the charts in several countries, including the UK, US and Ireland. It was Carlisle's only UK or US chart topper with or without The Go-Go's.