I remember years ago on the show Geraldo, Geraldo said that our country was full of santanic cults generally made up of diabolical suburbanites who received their instructions from satan by playing Black Sabbath records in reverse. He mentioned some other albums that were satanic but I can’t remember them.
I never tried this…playing records backwards, so I was wondering if there is any truth to it?
Why would bands allow messages to be recorded on their albums that were satanic? I don’t know, it sounds like a load of malarky to me.
I can honestly say, from personal experience, that I have heard backmasking on at least one song.
Several years ago, when I was but a wee lad, I was at my grandmother’s house. Bored stiff, too, as she lived out in the country. With nothing to do, I started looking through a stack of newspapers like Weekly World News. You know, those bastions of journalistic integrity.
In one particular article, they’re talking about this very subject, and they mention that the song Darling Nikki by Prince has backwards messages.
I’m intrigued by this, and I just so happen to own this on vinyl.
When I go home, I crank up the record player. The record player that I had actually HAD a neutral gear between 33 and 45. I place the Purple Rain soundtrack on the record player, and flip the gear into neutral. I put the needle at the end of the record, and started rotating the record backwards.
After a few seconds, I DID hear something that sounded very much like: “Hello, how are you? I’m fine. Bye, bye…the Lord is coming”
Just about all backwards masking, as it’s called, is bands mucking about in the recording studio. Naughty rock bands put naughty ‘satanic’ messages in because it fitted with the whole evil, rebelious rock thing that upset your parents.
Prince, on the other hand, is just sticking to his usual themes of God & nookie.
Whether backwards messages register at all with the listener, either consciously or unconsciously, is unproven.
I’ve lost the file because of a hard drive crash, but we had a sound bite of Darth Vader from one of the Star Wars movies. I can’t remember what the line was, but if you played it in reverse it sounded like he was saying ‘Ewwww, you’re sitting in mush’.
Mars Volta’s “Eunuch Provocateur” allegedly contains this message at the end of the song: “I’m very fond of this one about an old spider friend of mine his name is cuts out. The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spout down came the rain and washed the spider out out came the sun and dried up all the rain and the itsy bitsy spider climbed up the spout again. the only thing about that story I always thought unaudible when all of the sudden they left I have never seen him since hmmm. mommy or daddy, have mommy or daddy ever had to spank you?”
Whether or not that’s a satanic message is for you to decide.
the two bakward maskings i know of are in that song that goes “another one bites the dust.” (backwards, it says something like “start smoking marijuana”.) and “prayer” by madonna. (one of my crazed madonna-worshiping friends says there’s a track on one of her CDs that plays it backwards. it’s something about “i have a reservation.”)
Ok, true confession time…
I’m obviously the oldest contri within this thread (48) as there has been no mention of the Beatles White Album’s “Revolution 9” track which, if played backwards via a cheap turntable and a pencil eraser to spin the records backwards via the inner label (whew) the aforementioned track, John Lennon’s narration " Number 9, Number 9" distinctly becomes “Turn me on, dead man, turn me on, dead man…” during the “Paul is dead, man…” phase of recording backwards messages during that wacky stunt… ;).
Don’t spin the platter manually. Stand the record off the platter by means of a short tube (like a toilet paper roll). You may have to extend the center post. Then, adjust the counterweight on the tonearm so that the arm wants to rise, and rotate the cartridge 180 degrees to ride on the underside of the elevated record.
I saw a really good site on this once, but I can’t find it right now. It had a list of all the vowels and consonants and their reversals. For example, the long “i” sound, as in “pie” is actually a diphthong, a combination of “ah” and “ee,” so “pie” backwards would be something like “ee-yahp.” Most consonants, IIRC, don’t change when reversed. The site explained that most of the “satanic messages” were probably just coincidences that arose because of the way certain sounds were the reverse of each other, and were also effective mainly through the power of suggestion. In other words, you’re more likely to think you hear a message if someone tells you it’s there. However, backmasking is occasionally done intentionally. For example, there’s a clip from Pink Floyd that is unintelligible forward, but says, “Congratulations, you’ve found the secret message, please send your answer to Old Pink, care of the funny farm…” backward. There’s also an obviously intentional backmask on my Tears for Fears CD, “The Hurting” but I don’t remember which song it’s in.
By the way, to increase the longevity of your record players, you can download .mp3’s (legally, for $1 each, of course ;)) convert them to .wav’s and reverse them with Sound Recorder, a little sound editor that comes free with Windows.