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Trivia / Weather Report

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  • Black Sheep Hit: "Birdland" is a lot more accessible than most of the band's material, and most jazz fusion in particular.
  • Magnum Opus Dissonance: A weird example. AllMusic lists the band's first album as the "Album Pick" instead of Heavy Weather, which features their best-known song, "Birdland" and Face of the Band Jaco Pastorius.
  • The Pete Best: Original bassist Miroslav Vitouš, who played on the first three albums but was then steadily sidelined by Joe Zawinul, who claimed that Vitouš couldn't play convincing funk and didn't bring in enough compositions (Vitouš, for his part, claimed that he did bring in compositions, it was just that Zawinul couldn't play them.) Vitouš remained bitter about the extent to which the others not only downplayed his contribution to the band, but also denied him financial remunerations that he was owed.
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  • Referenced by...: In JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean, the name of a Stand that controls weather phenomena is named Weather Report, and given that it belongs to an amnesiac man, he refers to himself as Weather Report. Later on in the story, Weather Report unearths a secondary ability named after the Weather Report album Heavy Weather, which manipulates the atmosphere to make people subliminally think they're snails.