- Acceptable Targets: One of the celebrity "couples" who show up for Col. Tom Parker's intended premiere of his new rock musical Madame SuperFly are notorious Neo-Nazi/Klansman David Duke and notorious Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Elvis suggesting that Frank Zappa "star in a sitcom." In 1990, Zappa's kids Dweezil and Moon Unit starred in a flop sitcom called Normal Life which was supposed to show the wacky and off-the-wall life people imagined the Zappa kids had. Instead, with apparently nothing to rebel against, the kids turned out to be utterly ordinary and no one did anything particularly unusual. As a result, the show only lasted 13 episodes.
- Harsher in Hindsight: In the story, the record business has collapsed due to so many quality musicians leaving, causing record sales to plummet. This was published in 1993, prior to the debut of the World Wide Web and, later, the rise of Napster and iTunes, which would cause the sales of actual CDs to plummet, not due to a significant change in what was popular, but because it was easier and cheaper.
- What Do You Mean, It's Not Political?: Being that it is based on Ayn Rand's most famous work, there is a libertarian undercurrent, and it was promoted by Laissez-Faire Books at the time.
- Yoko Oh No: Played for Laughs, as Elvis tells John specifically NOT to tell Yoko that he was going to fake his own death and disappear.