Partridge considers 'Sgt. Rock' from Black Sea to be the worst song he's ever written, due to its blatant sexist undertones, and was outraged when Virgin insisted it to be on the record, as well as putting it out as a single. He also said he wishes he never wrote "Another Satellite", but not because of quality, but because it offended his partner and damaged their relationship for a while.
...recorded a song hinting about their former manager having screwed them over ("I Bought Myself a Liarbird"), but a lawsuit which stretched all the way until the release of Nonsuch forced them to not discuss the matter in public further as part of the settlement.
...had Virgin reject Andy's initial "pubic hair + flowers" cover for Skylarking (but somehow managing to okay a picture of a naked man and woman playing flutes). The original artwork was eventually used for the 2011 vinyl and 2014 CD remasters.
...had Virgin alter the US tracklisting of Skylarking to replace "Mermaid Smiled" with "Dear God". This being one of those examples of Executive Meddling having a good outcome: "Dear God" became a smash hit on American rock radio (despite objections from Moral Guardians) and after the re-issue with the changed tracklist, Skylarking was estimated to have sold an extra 250,000 copies in the US. "Mermaid Smiled" was not added back to the track list of the American version of the album until 2008.
...had Virgin arbitrarily cancel the release of the "Wrapped in Grey" single and destroy all the advance copies because they felt it had no chart potential, causing the band to go on strike.
...had Virgin prolong their "strike" by continuously stalling on renegotiating or cancelling their contract until a change of management at the label.
...discovered during said strike that Virgin had withheld substantial royalty payments, and successfully sued to regain them.