- The Red Stapler: Both the album and the film were an influence on the mod revival of the late '70s and early '80s. The film in particular made Vespa scooters cool again.
- Troubled Production:
- The difficulty playing the album live with all those backing tapes and synths drove Pete Townshend to desperation, and almost led to the band splitting up.
- Recording the album was apparently a nightmare, mainly because the studio they were recording it in hadn't even been finished yet!
- The album cover photograph was done by Ethan Russell.