- Author Existence Failure: James Honeyman-Scott died in 1982 of cardiac arrest stemming from his use of cocaine. Averted with Pete Farndon, who died the next year, he had already been kicked out a mere two days before Honeyman-Scott's death.
- Breakaway Pop Hit: "I'll Stand by You"
- The Pete Best: Many, as a result of this trope. Among them, Johnny Marr and Andy Rourke.
- Promoted Fanboy: Johnny Marr cited James Honeyman-Scott as one of his favorite guitarists, then ended up in the band years later.
Trivia / Pretenders