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(1994)

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Alexandre Rockwell was originally slated to direct.
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The Lone Rangers' hit single "Degenerated" is actually a song by 1980s punk group Reagan Youth.
Brendan Fraser's character was originally supposed to be played by John Cusack.
Death metal band Cannibal Corpse was originally set to play in the movie. But when the producers found that they played in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (they were Jim Carrey's favorite band at the time), the producers opted for White Zombie.
When addressing the crowd of rockers, Chazz declares "They've got the guns! We've got the numbers!" This is a line from the song Five to One by The Doors.
Filmed at Fox Plaza 2121 Avenue of the stars Century city, Los Angeles Ca. The building shares a parking lot with the one used as Nakatomi Plaza in Die Hard (1988)
The final film to use the 1980's 20th Century Fox logo. The CGI logo would make its debut in The Scout (1994), another film starring Brendan Fraser.
Rex gives Ian a CD and tells him to play track 2 which is I'm the One by Van Halen, performed by 4 Non Blondes. The same song is track 2 on the Airheads Original Soundtrack.
Two Ghostbusters are in the film. Ernie Hudson (Winston) played the police sergeant. Harold Ramis (Egon) played the cop who posed as a Capitol Record executive.
This is the 2nd film that Brendon Frasier(Chazz) and Amy Locane(Kayla) were love interests. The first was in the movie School Ties. Frasier (David Greene) and Locane (Sally Wheeler).
When Ian plays "London" by Anthrax on the radio, he tells Milo, "if it's too loud you're too old". This line is a reference to the famous slogan by Ernie Anderson, who was the main promotional voice of the American Broadcasting Company from the late 1970s to the mid-1990s. Coincidentally, in Los Angeles (where this film takes place), the defunct heavy metal/hard rock radio station KNAC 105.5 used "if it's too loud, you're too old" as one of their slogans.
When Chazz drags one of the employees of KPPX out of his office, you can see a poster of a white skeleton on a black background, which is identical to the cover of The Offspring's multi-platinum album "Smash", released four months before "Airheads" arrived in theaters.
The line "Great, grand, wonderful" uttered by Chris Farley is the exact one he utters in Billy Madison.
The character Rex, who plays the bass player in the Lone Rangers, is an apparent representation of the bass player Rex Brown from the band Pantera.
First film with Adam Sandler and Steve Buscemi.
KPPX 103.3 (Rebel Radio) is based on the Long Beach radio station KNAC 105.5 (Pure Rock), which went off the air six months after "Airheads" arrived in theaters. Like KPPX, KNAC had a hard rock/heavy metal format, and even used "if it's too loud, you're too old" (which is said by Ian at one point) as a slogan. Ironically, "Airheads" was released around the same time the staff of KNAC announced that the radio station was going to change formats; KNAC went off the air on February 15th, 1995 and was replaced by the Spanish-language station KBUE (Que Buena).
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When Rex, Pip and Suzzi are collecting CDs to play on air (around forty minutes and forty seconds into the film), a poster for Spinal Tap, which starred Michael McKean, can be seen on the wall just between the door and the desk.
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Making a cameo appearance is "Stuttering" John Melendez, who at the time was from the Howard Stern Show. He is billed in the credits as the "masturbating" rocker. He was invited to participate in this production because, as a new artist for Atlantic Records, his first album had just been released and his song "Talk My Way Out Of It" can be heard as Chaz and the boys are driving in the van on their way to the radio station. After years as a Stern employee, primarily assigned to do unconventional man-in-the-street and celebrity interviews, John was lured away from New York, eventually working as the announcer and voice of Jay Leno's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992), as well as writer, from 2004-2014
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There is a brief reference to Motley Crue's lead singer Vince Neil killing someone. In 1984, while the band Hanoi Rocks was taking a break from touring because their lead singer Michael Monroe had injured his ankle, some members of Hanoi Rocks ended up at Vince's home for a party. Vince and Hanoi Rocks drummer Nicholas "Razzle" Dingley went to get more liquor. Vince was driving, even though he was already drunk. On the return trip Vince was speeding and lost control of the car, resulting in a terrible collision with another vehicle. Razzle died instantly and the two people in the other car suffered severe injuries and were left with lifelong complications from these injuries. Vince walked away with a concussion, a $2.5 million fine, and served 28 days in county jail.
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The copy of RIP Magazine owned by David Arquette's character is the August 1993 issue, which featured Anthrax on the cover.
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The members of the band "Sons of Thunder" (Monty Colvin, Alan Doss, Ben Huggins and Mitchell Dane Sonnier) are actually members of another group called "The Galactic Cowboys".
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Pip's "secret code" is 256001.
When a caller asks for tickets to see the bands "Penelope Lovestocking" and "Crimson Shroud", Chazz criticizes, "Oh, man, you actually listen to that Seattle bullshit." This is a reference to the grunge scene, which had become popular by 1994, and Seattle is the home of mostly bands associated with that genre.
Before changing into one of the radio station's T-Shirts, Chazz is wearing one picturing a couple of little bean-men characters from Larry Marder's comic book, "Beanworld".
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Joe Mantegna's character mentions to Michael McKean's character that if its too loud you're too old. Michael previously played the lead singer in the band Spinal Tap in the film This is Spinal Tap which was described as the loudest band in England.
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Rob Zombie (Robert Cummings), Phil 'Philo' Buerstatte, Sean Yseult, and Jay Yuenger are members of the metal band, White Zombie.
When Rex, Pip and Suzzi are collecting CDs to play on air (around forty minutes and forty seconds into the film), a poster for _This Is Spinal Tap (1984)_, which starred Michael McKean, can be seen on the wall just between the door and the desk.
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Ernie Hudson and Reg E. Cathey both played wardens in the HBO prison drama series, "Oz."
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Ian refers to Chazz as Conan, an obvious reference to Conan the Barbarian, Brendan Fraser was considered for the part of Conan the Barbarian in the 2011 remake
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Cameo 

Lemmy: Lemmy Kilmister, of the band "Motorhead", is the "School Yearbook Editor" in the parking lot. He's credited as Lemmy Von Motorhead. His image also appears on the wall of Palatine Records during the opening sequence.

Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

MTV Cartoon characters Beavis and Butthead calls the radio station while Chaz is giving away tickets.
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When they release Yvonne Chaz says "go Yvonne, you'll be home in time for the Simpsons", Joe Mantegna has played "Fat Tony" on the Simpsons since 1991.
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