- Canon Discontinuity: Their cover of "The Saint" (for the film of the same name) is their biggest hit. It does not appear on any of their "best of" compilations and is unlikely ever to feature in their live set again after the very few times it was played around the time it was a hit. In fact, Canon Discontinuity applies to their soundtrack work in general, which tends not to get reissued, played live or have its existence acknowledged once it's served its purpose—"Satan Spawn" is an exception.
- Fanon Discontinuity: Most fans prefer to pretend that the collaboration with David Gray, "Illuminate", never happened. Some would also deny the existence of the parent album, The Altogether.
- Growing the Beard: Their first couple of albums did this for the techno genre.
- Magnum Opus: In Sides.
- Signature Song: Probably "Chime", which is still played at every gig. Other possibilities include "Lush", "Halcyon", "Petrol" and "Satan".
- Tear Jerker: "One Perfect Sunrise", especially since it was supposed to be their swan song.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The fandom rejoiced when it was announced Sparks would be collaborating on a track with Orbital. The fandom was disappointed when the result of that collaboration turned out to be "Acid Pants".