* AwardSnub: Not even a nomination for ''The Last Waltz'' for the Best Documentary Oscar in 1978? How about "Evangeline" getting nominated for Best Original Song? Also no?
** The Band were also never nominated for a competitive Grammy Award, although they did get a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008 and Helm's solo effort ''Dirt Farmer'' won for Best Traditional Folk Album that same year.
* CoveredUp: People are often surprised to learn that Music/JoanBaez didn't originate "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down".
* EpicRiff: "Chest Fever"
* FaceOfTheBand: Clearly averted initially, with two principal songwriters and three different lead singers. Robertson's attempt to become this later on led to a great deal of ill will.
* GeniusBonus: In a nod to their Canadian background, "Ferdinand the Imposter" has to be the only rock song ever to make a reference to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doukhobor Doukhobors]].
* HarsherInHindsight: Robertson's musings in ''The Last Waltz'' about touring being "a goddamn impossible way of life" take on more meaning after Manuel's suicide during a tour.
** Manuel's song "The Shape I'm In", with its lyrics about a man contemplating suicide, is another example.
* MainstreamObscurity: They were hugely influential and have a small-but-enthusiastic fanbase, but "The Weight" is their only widely-known song.
* {{Mondegreen}}: Music/JoanBaez never saw a copy of the lyrics to "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" before she made her excellent cover version. "Stoneman's cavalry" became "so much cavalry", "I will work the land" became "I'm a working man", etc. Did not prevent her version from becoming a top ten hit.
** Not to mention, in the same song, the discrepancy between "there goes Robert E. Lee" (the Confederate general) and "there goes ''the'' Robert E. Lee" (a steamboat). Though, to be fair, Levon Helm himself often sang it the latter way in the Band's live concerts.
* {{Narm}}: "The Moon Struck One" is musically one of Robertson's most beautiful songs. Lyrically, it's a would-be TearJerker done in by some clumsy phrasing ("stung by a snake"?) and [[PainfulRhyme Painful Rhymes]] (sweetheart/cohort, Durango/triangle).
* TheScrappy: Robbie Robertson has become this in some circles, due to his perceived spotlight- and credit-hogging and his more or less unilateral decision to retire The Band from touring, which led to their breakup.
* SignatureSong: "The Weight"
* SophomoreSlump: Very much averted with ''The Band'', which is actually regarded as superior to ''Music from Big Pink'' by many.
* TearJerker: "It Makes No Difference", "Acadian Driftwood", "Whispering Pines", "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", "Stage Fright"
** Despite [[LyricalDissonance being uptempo]], "King Harvest (Has Surely Come)" is pretty sad lyrically.