"7 & 7 Is" is fundamentally Mike Roe with Mark Harmon, both Members of the 77s. Michael Roe was high and dry when he recorded the first 7 & 7 is release "More Miserable Than You'll Ever Be". The bulk of his band (77s) had up and left him and the label for which he had been recording, Broken, was facing a mountain of financial problems. Desperate to keep producing new material, Roe aligned himself with the tiny California label Alternative Records (a miraculous little label with a nearly flawless catalog of releases) and issued More Miserable Than You'll Ever Be, an odds-and-ends compilation of leftover 7 & 7 Is songs designed as a space-filler as Roe plotted his next move. Though it was originally released as a box set, featuring a cassette and a 7" single, the record was soon offered as a single convenient CD. Mike and Mark released "Fun with Sound" under the same moniker 14 years later.