* ExecutiveMeddling: "Let's roll another 'tnioj'".
** Also {{Averted}} in several close-calls. In one early example, the record company wanted him to change the word "cocaine" to "champagne" in "Listen to Her Heart". The strange thing is, the context of the song makes it anti-cocaine.
** He famously fought MCA Records (successfully) and their decision to raise the price of ''Hard Promises'' for $8.98 to $9.98 as part of a "superstar pricing" policy ([[SteelyDan]]'s ''Gaucho'' and the Film/{{Xanadu}} soundtrack were also selected) . He even threatened to name the album "The $8.98 Album".
* TroubledProduction: Several:
** ''Damn the Torpedoes'', with Tom being sued by multiple parties for "breach of contract" and filing for bankruptcy, while paying for the sessions out of his own pocket.
** Very much ''Southern Accents'', for many reasons (it didn't help that the record company wanted the album ChristmasRushed) with the result that ''Tom slammed his hand into a wall and pulverized his hand.''