* BlackSheepHit: "Pinball Wizard" was added to the album as an afterthought, supposedly to gain the favor of New York Times music critic Nik Cohn, who was noted to be a fan of pinball. (Cohn was apprehensive about an early draft of ''Tommy'', but when Pete suggested that Tommy would become famous as a pinball player, his opinion immediately improved.) Pete Townshend even admitted that it was "the most clumsy piece of writing I'd ever done"; he refused to believe there was ''any'' merit to it until the producer and the rest of the band said it sounded like a hit.
* BreakawayPopHit: "Pinball Wizard" served as this for both the original album and the 1975 film.
* ExecutiveMeddling: Creator/KenRussell insisted on casting Creator/OliverReed in the movie, and consequently expanded his character's role to replace that of Tommy's father in the album.
* NamesTheSame: "We're Not Gonna Take It" is also the name of a Music/TwistedSister song.
* RecursiveAdaptation: The album was adapted as a musical in the 1990s, and produced an album of the original cast recording.
** Roger Daltrey was taught ''real'' sign language so that he would be able to use it in the gesture song scene in the film. Unfortunately (arguably due to some more ExecutiveMeddling), it ended up just being a ''parody'' of sign language instead.
** Creator/GeorgeLucas could've directed the movie. Yes, ''that'' [[Franchise/IndianaJones George]] [[Franchise/StarWars Lucas]]. He wasn't available due to working on ''Film/AmericanGraffiti'' at the time he was asked.
** Music/RodStewart could've been the Local Lad for the movie. He turned the role down after Music/EltonJohn advised him not to take it (and after Elton had turned it down himself). Elton later said that Stewart never quite forgave him for that.
*** Some rumors have gone around about Music/TinyTim being considered for that role as well.
** Music/DavidBowie was considered for the role of the Acid Queen at some point.
** Creator/ChristopherLee turned down the role of The Specialist, as he was in Thailand filming ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun''.
** The whole thing was originally going to be about a girl who was reincarnated.