Pin-Up Went Down was formed in 2006, initially as a one-man project by former Carnival in Coal (drummer live) and Wormfood member Alexis Damien and bearing the name Esthete Piggie. Alexis was later joined by singer, writer and photographer Aurélie "Asphodel" Raidron, who had also sung for other projects such as gothic metal band Penumbra, Howdy Effect and Nowonmai, and the band changed its name to the current one later on. It appeared that Asphodel found that new name for the band.
On 28 March 2008 the duo released their first studio album, 2 Unlimited, through Ascendance Records. The album's fusion of different musical genres such as power pop, progressive metal, death metal, funk, symphonic metal and gospel music was well received by the critics, and two years later, on 28 June 2010, their second album, 342, came out also through Ascendance, further developing their unusual musical style and also being well received. In the same year, Pin-Up Went Down was joined by Alexis' brother Nicolas Damien, becoming a trio.
As early as 2013 the band began to work on what would be their third album, Perfreaktion; however, Asphodel announced that she would be leaving the band in January 2014 to pursue other projects, and since then the album remains unreleased. Shortly after she formed the duo öOoOoOoOoOo (pronounced "chenille"; French for "caterpillar").
Pin-Up Went Down was inactive for several years after Asphodel's departure until November 2017, when they announced a compilation album entitled Remasters, which would feature re-mastered versions of the songs of the band.
In the autumn of 2019, Alexis announces his new band, No Terror in the Bang.