10 Songs With Hidden Messages When Played In Reverse
Wikipedia.org Styx's infamous backmasking message
For years, uptight people have been accusing various metal bands of influencing their flock with hidden messages that could only be heard by playing the vinyl backward. Overnight, this "backmasking" became a threat to national security, especially after Dan Rather played clips of hidden messages on CBS Evening News in 1982. Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd were also implicated in promoting Satanic messages that "can manipulate our behavior without our knowledge or consent and turn us into disciples of the Antichrist." Furious, politicians demanded that TG&Y and Woolworths, the grandparents of Wal-Mart, place warning labels on the records.
Here's some of the more infamous backmasking messages for your not-so-virgin ears.
1. LED ZEPPELIN, "STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN"
When my best friend first played this record backward, I was 14 and seducing his sister in his parents' bedroom. The eerie crackling helped to set the mood, but when the words "Here's to my sweet Satan" echoed through the speakers, I thought he said "Santa" and started to laugh. It ruined the mood. I hated this song for years.
2. STYX, "SNOWBLIND"
If you play this song backward for about 33 minutes, you'll finally understand the hidden message: "Satan moves through our voices." Yet it still didn't move me to buy the album.