Rhett Miller, the frontman for the Texas rock band Old 97's, named his ninth solo album, The Misfit
, after a line in this song: "Wind up on a island, feeling like a misfit." The lyric itself was inspired by the Island of Misfit Toys, a place where unloved toys are sent in the 1964 holiday special Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
"That song's one of my favorites because it really came out of nowhere," he said in a 2022 Songfacts interview
. "The story in it is so mysterious, but I relate to it so much."