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  • Dawson Casting: 36-year old Steve Buscemi as a twenty-something heavy metal bassist. Actually works, though, as he ends up looking more authentic than actual twenty-somethings Fraser and Sandler.
  • Playing Against Type:
  • Retroactive Recognition: The first cop who arrives at the station (and has a stand-off with Pip) is played by future Happy Madison alum Allen Covert.
  • Technology Marches On: Chazz and his band might not have gotten in as much trouble if they had their demo on an iPod or available online. Also, if Kayla had a cell phone, Chazz might have gotten through to her sooner, and might not have needed the LAPD to scour the LA strip to find her.
    • The Lone Rangers could have promoted their music through social media websites, eliminating the need for them to sneak into a radio station.
    • The radio station would likely be going to an all-news format instead of easy listening (or closing completely) as in-car mp3 player options and satellite radio become ever more ubiquitous.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: This movie really captures the whole music scene of the 90s. This is especially notable when a reporter describes our main characters as having "MTV-soaked minds", referring to the time before MTV's Network Decay when it was still primarily focused on music.
    • In addition, we have see classic 90s toys like Stretch Armstrong, and someone prominently playing a Game Gear (with SFX from a real GG game, thus averting Pac-Man Fever).
    • And of course, the simple fact that the Lone Rangers have no choice - in their own minds at least - but to take over a radio station and forcing the staff to play their demo tape seems even more absurd today in an era where they could easily just upload their music on line by way of various social media sites in order to promote themselves. And don't get started on how much cell phones or satellite radio would impact the plot.
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    • To say nothing of only a reel-to-reel and cassette copy of the demo existing...the entire plot would fall apart with a digital version.
  • Vindicated by Cable: Airheads bombed at the box office and was thrashed by critics. But due to the fact that it was played heavily on Comedy Central during the late 1990s it has managed to achieve Cult Classic status — especially among fans of hard rock and Heavy Metal music, due to all the rock & roll in-jokes and the cameos by famous rock musicians.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Alexandre Rockwell was originally slated to direct.
    • At least two bands were considered for a cameo as the performer at the Whiskey A Go Go before White Zombie was chosen:
      • Cannibal Corpse, who later appeared in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, was asked if they wanted to do it, but they were unable due to being on tour.
      • Testament was also considered but turned down the offer due to scheduling conflicts. The irony is that, at the time of this film's release, John Tempesta was the drummer of Testament and later replaced Phil "Philo" Buerstatte in White Zombie; Tempesta would stay in that band until its breakup in 1998.
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    • The role of Chazz was originally meant for John Cusack before Brendan Fraser was cast.

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