Following two solo albums in 1987 and 1992, she secured a further hit record via a duet with Don Henley; "Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough" peaked at number 2 in the US charts and went gold. Its parent album, Patty smyth, also went gold and featured two other minor hits, "No Mistakes" and "I Should Be Laughing".
She subsequently co-wrote the 1994 song "Look What Love Has Done", nominated for a Grammy after its inclusion on the soundtrack to Junior. Further soundtrack commissions resulted in her penning the theme tune, "Wish I Were You", to the 1998 blockbuster movie Armageddon.
As a result of her renewed popularity, Columbia issued a retrospective album, Greatest Hits -- Featuring Scandal. Two new songs were included, the most notable of which was "Carnival Lights". The song, co-written with Bob Thiele Jr, concerned her mother's years as a trapeze artist. Smyth set out to promote the album on an acoustic tour, employing ex-Bullet Lavolta guitarist Duke Roth as her sideman.