* BlackSheepHit: "Don't You (Forget About Me)".
* CreatorBacklash: Jim Kerr never hides he doesn't like the band's BlackSheepHit that much.
** The band originally weren't fond of their song "Glittering Prize," but it grew on them over the years.
** They still have very bittersweet feelings about their first album "Life In A Day."
* CreatorBreakdown: The song Street Fighting Years was written about the murder of one of Jim's close friends. He was so upset and angry by it that he could not convey all the emotions he felt into words, and so effectively had writer's block for a short time. He decided the lyrics should convey each of the emotions musically, as they would have occurred to the protagonist of the song. The sad and epic mood of this song was unusual by Jim's standards, and helped influence the rest of the album of the same name.
* ExecutiveMeddling: Delayed the release of ''Our Secrets Are The Same'' by four years.
* HitlessHitAlbum: ''Graffiti Soul''.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes:
** The compilation ''The Early Years'' was only available for a week before being pulled out of print for copyright reasons. It turns up occasionally, but is still sought after by fans.
** Their songs "Special View", "Garden Of Hate", "New Warm Skin", "Film Theme Dub" and "Celebrate" (Extended) have never appeared on CD due to being from the Arista period (The Themes Box which collects nearly all their singles, starts with the Virgin period).
*** The fandom rejoiced when all the Arista tracks appeared on the X5 box set in addition to a previously unreleased version of In Every Heaven.
** Their first single under the name Johnny And The Self Abusers, "Saints And Sinners/Dead Vandals", has not appeared on any of their releases but has been released on a couple of various artist CD compilations put out by the original label, Chiswick Records.
* OlderThanTheyThink: Many reviewers of the band's Celebrate compilation thought that the Patti Smith cover "Dancing Barefoot" was a new track, such was the failure of its parent 2001 CoverAlbum "Neon Lights". It was actually a single at the time, and whilst not a hit, Celebrate was designed to be a complete singles collection (it misses out a few non-album ones however).
* ThrowItIn: The BigRockEnding filled with [[{{Scatting}} La-la-la-la]] of "Don't You (Forget About Me)" came from improvising a coda for the song.