- Big Name Fan: Morrissey, They Might Be Giants, Depeche Mode, Steve Jones, Franz Ferdinand... among many many others.
- Franz Ferdinand are such big fans that they're collaborating with Sparks as a supergroup.
- Creator Backlash: The band consider their attempts at a West Coast sound with Big Beat and Introducing Sparks to be failures.
- Executive Meddling: The band were very unhappy with how Todd Rundgren produced their first album.
- One of Us: 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 Development Hell.
- Retroactive Recognition: Jim Mankey went on to play guitar for Concrete Blonde.
- Similarly Named Works: 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.
- What Could Have Been: 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.