In 1979 they released the single Complex World/Beer on Genius Records. Complex World became something of a local hit getting lots of airplay on local radio. They broke up shortly thereafter due to conflicts over band direction. David Hansen moved to New York and formed the no wave band Cool It Reba in 1981.
In 1987 Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel was in danger of closing so owner Rich Lupo came up with an idea. Lupo's bartender Jim Wolpaw was nominated for an oscar for a short film he had done, so they threw a benefit concert and filmed it and wrote a sub-plot around the idea of a club closing. In the process they got The Young Adults to reform to play a few shows at Lupo's in July 1987. The results were released as the film (It's A) Complex World (named after Young Adults song) and The Young Adults Helping Others album.