After several successful albums the group disbanded in 1988, following the commercial failure of their last studio album "Teddy Bear, Duke & Psycho". The group reformed briefly in 1996 and released the album "Bigger Than America", since then there have been several remix and live albums released. In 2005 "Before After" was released. In 2008 their most recent studio album, "Naked As Advertised" was released. In 2013, Martyn Ware and Glenn Gregory are writing for a new Heaven 17 album.
The name "Heaven 17" is derived from Stanley Kubrick's movie "A Clockwork Orange", where Heaven 17 is mentioned as one of the hip bands in the record store scene.