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John Cusack and the screenwriters wrote the script with Jack Black in mind for the role of Barry. He nearly turned the role down, but reconsidered.
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Stevie Wonder originally performed the closing track "I Believe" before Art Garfunkel and Peter Frampton covered it. All three are artists that Rob, Dick, and Barry ridicule in the movie.
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John Cusack originally wanted Bob Dylan for the Bruce Springsteen cameo part, but Dylan was unavailable.
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The Marie DeSalle CD Rob pops in has the following tracks listed on it:
  • 1. Baby I Love Your Way
  • 2. Eartha Kitt Times Two (Patsy Cline Times Two in some versions)
  • 3. Ghostbusters (1984)
  • 4. Beat It
  • 5. Baby Got Back
  • 6. 911 is a Joke
  • 7. I Will Survive
  • 8. Mmm Bop
  • 9. My Heart Will Go On
  • 10. You Can't Have It
  • 11. The Time is Now
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Nick Hornby had no problem with the film version relocating the action from London to Chicago, as he felt that the book was about a lot more than just geography.
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This is the ninth film in which John Cusack and Joan Cusack have appeared together. The others are Class (1983), Sixteen Candles (1984), Grandview, U.S.A. (1984), Broadcast News (1987),Say Anything... (1989), Grosse Pointe Blank (1997) and Cradle Will Rock (1999) war inc
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In the flashback when Rob and Laura are listening to Ian have sex upstairs, the book Laura is reading is entitled "Love Thy Neighbor".
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In several scenes, Rob is wearing a Wax Trax! Records t-shirt. The lot in Chicago that houses Rob's record store, Championship Vinyl, was once a Wax Trax! Records store.
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The majority of fliers and stickers on the front of the register stand are bands either from Chicago or on Chicago record labels, including Urge Overkill, Falling Wallendas, Veruca Salt, and Liz Phair. These bands have members that are known to hang out in Wicker Park (one of the filming locations), and the local bar Rainbo Club, where the "proposal" scene was filmed.
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The rare record that Barry refuses to sell the nerdy collector is stated to be a French LP pressing of Captain Beefheart/Don Van Vliet's 'Safe as Milk'. This Buddha-label edition is considered rare for its high quality mix, and is easily identified by a promotional cover featuring the band playing live on a beach. However, the cover shown is clearly the original, more familiar sleeve with the fisheye portrait.
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The first and final song that Rob listens to in the movie "You're Gonna Miss Me" by 13th Floor Elevators and "I Believe" by Stevie Wonder are also the opening and closing track of their respective albums.
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In the Hungarian dubbed version, Barry and Rob are discussing Reservoir Dogs (1992) instead of Evil Dead II (1987), because that film was almost unknown in Hungary that time. "Reservoir Dogs" was also the film discussed in a similar scene in the novel.
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Rob's sticker-covered "little black book" is a Chandler's assignment notebook, a required item for every student at Evanston Township High School, John Cusack's alma mater.
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Harold Ramis and Beverly d'Angelo filmed scenes that were cut from the film, but can be viewed as extras on the DVD. Ramis played Rob's father and d'Angelo played a "too tan" woman trying to sell Rob her soon-to-be-ex-husband's record collection.
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There are 5 records displayed on the wall in Rob's apartment, which can be seen briefly after Laura leaves at the beginning of the movie. We can assume that these are Rob's personal Top 5 Favorite Albums, although this is not one of the "top 5" topics discussed over the course of the film. These records (from left to right) are "Maggot Brain" by Funkadelic, "Tonight's the Night" by Neil Young, "Wild Honey" by The Beach Boys, "Goo" by Sonic Youth, and "Double Nickels on the Dime" by Minutemen.
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Neil Peart, Gary Weinrib and Alex Zivojinovich, listed in the credits for writers of the song "Jacob's Ladder", are the real names of the members of Rush (Neil Peart, Geddy Lee, and Alex Lifeson). Also, Jacob's Ladder is a film Tim Robbins starred in.
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Vince and Justin's recording is an actual song titled "The Inside Game" by the American band Royal Trux.
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John Cusack mentions reading "Love in the Time of Cholera", a book that features heavily in another of his movies, Serendipity.
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After his vision of Bruce Springsteen, Rob says the words "Good luck, goodbye" which is the last line of the Springsteen song "Bobby Jean".
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Dick Cusack, father to John and Joan. Appears in his second and final film with his children.
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Touchstone acquired the rights to Nick Hornby's book for $500,000.00, with Mike Newell attached to direct.
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In the first shot Rob's record store, the camera follows Rob across the store, revealing many record covers in the background. One record that stands out is a record by the group Index. Index were a 1960s garage band from Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Grosse Point Blank is another film starring John Cusack.
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When Barry is talking about Stevie Wonder, he says, "Is it better to burn out than to fade away?" This is a line from the song "Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)" by Neil Young.
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The song "Dry the Rain" by The Beta Band can actually be heard twice in the film. Once while trying to sell 5 copies of the 3 EP's, and once while Rob proposed to Laura.
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Part of the movie was filmed outside of Lane Technical High School. This occurred during a regular school day and the students were not allowed onto the portion of the lawn where filming occurred. They were also not allowed near the windows of the rooms looking out onto the lawn.
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In the scene where Barry's wanted add for Any "hip young gunslingers", There are four bands listed that the interested party should "be into". The last listed band is Pailhead. Pailhead is a little known collaboration between Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat, Fugazi) and Al Jourgenson (Ministry, Revolting cocks, Lard), a Chicago based musician.
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The bass player in the uncredited band backing Jack Black at the end of the movie is Matt Lux, current bass player with Iron & Wine.
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"Vintage Vinyl", another record store mentioned in the film, is a real store in Evanston, John Cusack's hometown.
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When Rob talks with Liz after Laura's father's funeral, a Danish flag and pictures from Denmark are visible on the mantelpiece just behind the actors. Iben Hjejle is Danish.
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In Rob Gordon's store, there are posters and sticker featuring several US Hardcore Punk bands (Warzone, Integrity, Bad Brains, Blood for Blood, and etc.) who had all released material on Chicago-based label Victory Records.
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The Chinese characters on Rob's No. 6 jersey say "Hong Kong".
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In 2006, High Fidelity was made into a Broadway musical starring Will Chase, Jenn Colella, Jeb Brown, and Rachel Stern. It ran from November 20th to December 17th, 13 performances and 19 previews.
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One of the CDs stolen by Vince and Justin is Plush's "More You Becomes You." Liam Hayes, singer, songwriter and keyboardist for Plush, appears in the bar scene where Rob recalls meeting Laura.
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The hero shares his name with an obscure '70s recording artist whose records would undoubtedly be found in the store: Robert Gordon.
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The actress who played the part of reporter Caroline Fortis, Natasha Gregson Wagner is the daughter of film star Natalie Wood and writer/producer Richard Gregson, as well as the stepdaughter of Wood's most famous husband, Robert Wagner. During the making of this project, Natasha met screenwriter/co-producer D.V. DeVincentis who had grown up in Evanston, Illinois, along with John Cusack, and the couple became an item. They went on to marry in 2003 but were divorced by early 2008.
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The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Bruce Springsteen, Tim Robbins and Catherine Zeta-Jones; and one Oscar nominee: Joan Cusack.
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The guitarist playing with Marie DeSalle when they see her at Lounge Ax is Jeff Parker from Chicago bands Tortoise and Isotope 217.
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When discussing the top five opening tracks, Barry (Jack Black) criticizes Rob for including "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana. Jack Black is the frontman Tenacious D, which features drummer Dave Grohl, who was also the drummer for Nirvana.
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Barry criticizes Rob for wearing "a Cosby sweater"; later, a singer named Marie De Salle is introduced, played by Lisa Bonet, who also played Denise Huxtable in The Cosby Show.
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First American film of Iben Hjejle.
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Brian Eno's "Before and After Science" album cover appears twice. Once in CD format and once on vinyl album cover.
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"High Fidelity" is also the name of an Elvis Costello song, which is about an ex girlfriend with a new boyfriend.
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Records that are shown in more than one context. Examples: "Cut" by 'The Slits' is for sale at Rob's first record store, and is visible when Rob meets Laura when he is a deejay. "Double Nickels on the Dime" by 'Minutemen' is on display in Rob's apartment, and it is among the records that Justin and Vince steal from the store.
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Alan S. Johnson ("Man in Store") is the lead singer of the band U.S. Maple. A U.S. Maple poster is plastered on the store's counter.
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Artie Lange auditioned for the role of Barry.
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One of Barry's records is Iron Butterfly's "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida."
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The song Dick and Barry discuss during Marie De Salle's show is "No. 4 With a Smile" (no 'the'; Barry is correct) by a christian post-hardcore "dirt rock" band from Wilmington, North Carolina known at the time as The Uriah Omen (re-formed as He Is Legend from 2004 on). The song is featured on the EP 'A Kiss That Killed The One We Love' self-released on CD in 2001. However, the band had been active since the early 1990s and had very likely self-released early material on vinyl or cassette prior to the CD release.
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During an October 2019 AV Club interview with Tim Robbins, he mentioned that he agreed to take the small roles in High Fidelity and Anchorman (even though he knew he would be paid very little for them) because they promised to make him a custom wig for each of the roles, both of which he got to keep after filming ended. Robbins said that he still owns both wigs as of 2019, and he often uses them in Halloween costumes.
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John Cusack and Tim Robbins had previously worked together on the Sure Thing (1985), TapeHeads (1988), The Player (1992) and in The Cradle Will Rock (1999), although Robbins was uncredited as a voice recording. Robbins also worked with Jack Black on Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny (2006).
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Tim Robbins and Joan Cusack also appeared in Arlington Road (1999) and Cradle Will Rock (1999).
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Tim Robbins and Lili Taylor also appeared in Short Cuts (1993) and Ready to Wear (1994).
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Jack Black and Tim Robbins also appear in Bob Roberts (1992), Cradle Will Rock (1999) and Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny (2006); and Robbins directed Black in Dead Man Walking (1995).
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Lili Taylor, Joan Cusack and John Cusack previously appeared in Say Anything... (1989).
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Catherine Zeta-Jones and Lili Taylor previously appeared in The Haunting (1999).
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Drake Bell (who plays Rob Jr..) and Todd Louiso previously appeared in Jerry Maguire (1996).
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Film debuts of Chris Rehmann and Ben Carr, who play the skaters Vince and Justin who keep stealing Rob's store.
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That same year this film was released Catherine Zeta-Jones and Margaret Travolta appeared in Traffic (2000).
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Cusack calls Robbins' character "lardass". A character was named "Lardass" in Stand By Me which Cusack also starred in.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Laura's response to Rob's marriage proposal, "I do, I will," is from Act 2, Scene 4 of William Shakespeare's Henry IV, part 1.
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Uncredited store customer Ian Williams is the guitarist for the world-famous band Battles. At the time he was a member of the math-rock pioneers Don Caballero and the experimental band Storm and Stress.
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John Cusack and Catherine Zeta-Jones also played a problematic couple in America's Sweethearts (2001). They never manage to get together on both films.
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