Circle Jerks' first disbanded in 1990. During this initial hiatus, Greg Hetson focused on his other band, the highly successful Bad Religion
, while Keith Morris fronted Midget Handjob.
In 1995, Circle Jerks reunited, signed with the major label, Mercury Records, and released their sixth album, Oddities, Abnormalities and Curiosities
. The band were criticized by many punk fans for 'selling-out' to a major label, but Keith Clark slammed the cynics, telling Billboard
at the time: "This doesn't sound like a major-label album. We made an album as loud as any other we did, and it's one of the best things we've ever done." Keith Morris added to Rad Cyberzine that he was enjoying the major label experience: "They've treated us really well, the people are really friendly. They're not doing all of the work that we had hoped they would do for us, but the album has only been out for a month and a half, so it's still early. I mean we're not out there blowin' the doors out sale wise, but I hope this is one of those albums that gains momentum."
Despite the band's optimism, Oddities, Abnormalities and Curiosities
ultimately failed to propel Circle Jerks' into the alt-rock big time, leading to Mercury dropping the band and deleting the album from their catalogue.