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* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: A ''lot''. "Sugar High" at the end, along with "Money (That's What I Want)", "Video Killed the Radio Star", "Hey Joe", "If You Want Blood (You've Got It)", "Here it Comes Again", and "Say No More, Mon Amour".
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: Mark watching TV and inexplicably watching ''himself'' show up in a Gwar music video and getting ripped apart by the hungry drum set, while his reaction ranges between horrified and ecstatic. It makes more sense considering he's eating Eddie's "special brownies" while watching a Gwar video, plus it's clear that, after a moment of thinking about it, Marc ''realizes'' it's because of the special brownies. Plus plus, it's Gwar.
* CriticalDissonance: The movie was universally loathed by critics but adored by people who grew up in the '90s, earning a 6.7 out of 10 on IMDb and an audience score of 84% on Rotten Tomatoes.
%%* CultClassic
* HarsherInHindsight: The movie is rather like a story about somebody buying a buggy-whip store in 1900. Lampshaded in the movie itself, as independently-owned record stores were dying out by the early Nineties. Ironically, most of the big chain stores mocked in this movie died out ''faster'' due to online retail and music streaming services. A small store like Empire Records in the right community could still be thriving.
* JustHereForGodzilla: Considering the movie's reviews were abysmal and only made about $300,000 at the box office, it likely would have completely disappeared if not for its soundtrack.
* MemeticMutation:
** DAMN THE MAN, SAVE THE EMPIRE!
** "Not today, not on Rex Manning Day!"
** "Empire Records, open till midnight ... MIDNIGHT!"
** "I don't feel the need to explain my art to you."
** "MY NAME ISN'T FUCKING WARREN!"
** "Lucas has money! Lot's of money! Joe's money!"
* {{Mondegreen}}: Some fans misheard "If You Want Blood" as "If you want ''love''".
* {{Narm}}: "I'LL BE BACK AND YOU'LL BE SORRY!!"
* RetroactiveRecognition:
** This movie is a ''gold mine''. Literature/BridgetJones is Gina. [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Arwen]] is Corey. [[Series/TheMentalist Det. Lisbon]] is Deb. [[Series/WithoutATrace Jack Malone]] is Joe. [[Series/{{Dynasty}} Miles Colby]] is Rex Manning. [[Series/LALaw Denise Ianello]] is Jane.[[Series/FreakyLinks Adam Barnes]] is Mark. [[Series/CSIMiami Tim Speedle]] is Lucas. [[Series/CSIMiami Jake Berkeley]] is A.J. .
** Now...take a look at the [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/e0/Empire_Records_poster.jpg poster for the movie]]--did it ever occur to ANYBODY at the time that the [[Creator/ReneeZellweger slutty-looking blonde chick]] on the right would not just be the most famous out of everyone there, but be a tabloid fixture AND an Oscar winner?
** The female leads went on to do big things. Most of the male leads flamed out spectacularly (save for appearing in ''Series/CSIMiami'', in more or less recurring roles).
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