* BigNameFan: Music/{{Morrissey}}, Music/TheyMightBeGiants, Music/DepecheMode, [[Music/TheSexPistols Steve Jones]], Music/FranzFerdinand... among many many others.
* CreatorBacklash: The band consider their attempts at a West Coast sound with ''Big Beat'' and ''Introducing Sparks'' to be failures.
* ExecutiveMeddling: The band were very unhappy with how Music/ToddRundgren produced their first album.
* OneOfUs: The long layoff between ''Interior Design'' and ''Gratuituous Sax and Senseless Violins'' was because the band spent their time trying to unsuccessfully get a film adaptation of ''Mai The Psychic Girl'' off the ground. ''The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman'' was later inspired by their experience with DevelopmentHell.
* RetroactiveRecognition: Jim Mankey went on to play guitar for Concrete Blonde.
* SimilarlyNamedWorks: In 1969, an unsigned early lineup of the band (then still going by Halfnelson) recorded a demo called ''A Woofer In Tweeter's Clothing''; They reused the title, but absolutely none of the content, for a 1973 album.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: ''Big Beat'' was originally going to reunite the Maels with former guitarist and producer Earle Mankey, and it would have returned the band to the oddball, experimental style of their first two albums. Only the B-side "England" was recorded before production switched to Rupert Holmes and a stripped down American Rock style was pursued.