- Banned in China: "Legacy" almost got Yes banned in China, with the lyric about governments falling. This is why it appears as an instrumental on the Chinese release.
- Creator Backlash: Neil hates "Was that what it was", as he stated once. And Chris dislikes "Hit and miss". A handful of examples of this, in fact.
- Creator Breakdown: "Love Is A Catastrophe", about a particularly awful breakup; "It's A Sin" and "This Must Be The Place I Waited Years To Leave" about the horrible time Neil had in Catholic school.
- Creator Recovery: The album Very was more upbeat and exuberant than their prior albums, owing to singer/lyricist Neil Tennant being in love at the time. It is sometimes referred to as their "coming-out" album, as Tennant had begun openly discussing his homosexuality for the first time during this period.
- Executive Meddling: "London" was only released as a single in Germany because EMI was wary about releasing a PSB song with the lyrics "Let's break the law!". And in "Casanova in Hell", the line "His ageing fate/To contemplate" once had another rhyme there. They never released "The Sodom and Gomorrah show" as a single as intended, because the song mentioned the word "Sodom", and the EMI feared it wouldn't be played on the radios.
- Keep Circulating the Tapes: It Couldn't Happen Here, though they said in an interview they might put it on DVD. Their first four singles (from the Please album), which were only released on vinyl, although some of the songs of them were re-released in compilation albums such as Alternative and the Further listening album for Please.
- Mondegreen: YMMV aside, a few are present in prominent official or semi-official places:
- Tthe lyrics booklet with the Japanese release of Alternative makes a few (e.g. "I'm virgin, I'm ugly" rather than "verging on ugly").
- PSB admit that they weren't sure what the "Go west" line rendered in their version as "the hustling, rustling just to feed" was actually supposed to be ("the hustling, rustling of the feet," apparently). It isn't nearly as bad as the demo, which renders the previous line ("Without rush, and the pace back east") as "We'll outrun all the power degrees" - it would seem that they did some more deciphering after recording the demo.
- One of Us:
- In his days as an editor, Neil worked at the UK branch of Marvel Comics, and is a professed fan of Action Man and Captain Britain.
- They're both big Doctor Who nerds, but that's not too uncommon considering its popularity. Chris did say that Sonic the Hedgehog music inspired "Young Offender" and can be seen playing an arcade game in the "So Hard" video. Neil is a big fan of The Simpsons.
- Promoted Fanboy: Stuart Price, the producer for Electric and Super, was a big fan before working with PSB. He even cited them as his inspiration for getting into the music industry.
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