Chris Cornell (of Soundgarden and Audioslave) saw a list of Citizen Dick song titles, all completely made up, which would appear briefly in the film and decided to pen songs to match each title. One of those songs, "Seasons", appears on the film soundtrack. Another, "Spoonman", was later recorded by Chris Cornell's band Soundgarden. It became a hit in 1994 and can be heard in a rough version (perhaps a demo) in the film when an unseen person is posting Citizen Dick flyers.
In an early scene at the coffee shop, Janet Livermore looks over a somewhat bizarre-looking customer's shoulder at a book that she is reading. Although the title is obscured, the book is "Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung," a collection of pieces by the rock journalist Lester Bangs. Bangs was an inspiration and mentor for Cameron Crowe, as depicted in Almost Famous (2000), in which Bangs is played by Philip Seymour Hoffman and advises the fictionalized version of the young Crowe.
Contrary to popular belief, the film was already well underway when the celebrated "Seattle sound" became popular, rather than being designed as a vehicle to capitalize on its popularity. In fact, this film was supposed to begin production in 1984, right after The Wild Life (1984) but the project was delayed.
Campbell Scott's character is seen wearing a SubPop t-shirt, a well-known independent record company from Seattle which released many albums which became known as the "Seattle Sound", most notably Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Mudhoney.
Based on a script that Cameron Crowe originally wrote in 1984, which took place in Phoenix, Arizona. After Andrew Wood, the lead singer of Seattle bands Malfunkshun and Mother Love Bone, died of a drug overdose in January, 1990, Crowe noticed the music community in Seattle coming together to process the loss. He rewrote his script with the incident in mind, changing its setting to Seattle, which had been the location of his previous movie, Say Anything... (1989).
In the "Expect the Best" scene, Debbie is offering some suggestions for her video look, one of which was what she called the "Edie Sedgwick". Edie Sedgwick is the second cousin of actress Kyra Sedgwick, who played Linda in this film.
The Coryell Court Apartments, where the main characters live in the film, is located at 1820 Thomas Street in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. The building's courtyard fountain was created for the movie out of Styrofoam.