Led Zepplin - "Stairway to Heaven"
When played forward you will hear the lyrics - "There's still time."
When played backward some people believe that you will hear - "My sweet Satan."
Meat Loaf - "Wolf of the Red Roses"
When played forward you will hear - a conversation between a man and a woman.
When played backward some people believe that you will hear the repeated phrase "Satan, I am seeking to follow you."
Prince - "Darling Nicky"
When played forward you will hear an undecipherable message.
When played backward you will clearly hear - "Hello, how are you? I'm fine cause I know that the Lord is coming soon - some day, some day soon. Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha."
Petra - "Judas' Kiss"
When played forward you will hear an undecipherable message.
When played backward you will clearly hear - "What are you looking for the Devil for when you ought to be looking for the Lord?"
Since back-masking seems to always bring up further questions, I have attempted to answer some of the most popular ones I receive on the issue.
Q. What is back-masking?
A. Back-masking was exposed on April 28, 1982 by Dan Rather of the CBS Evening News. Back-masking is revealed messages in music when a song is played backwards. There are two types of back-masking which are intentional and unintentional. Intentional back-masked messages can usually ONLY be understood when played backwards. Unintentional back-masked messages are understandable BOTH when played backwards and forwards.
Q. Isn't back-masking just an urban legend?
A. It depends if that back-masking is done intentionally or unintentionally. With unintentional segments I have heard the following argument...if two people were looking up at the sky and one of them thought a cloud resembled Homer Simpson, by simply saying to the other person, "that cloud looks like Homer Simpson" would plant a preconceived idea in the persons head. Meaning this - if I play a song backwards and say, "You are about to hear the phrase, worship Satan seven days a week" since you are already listening for it, you could trick your brain into doing just that. I could then play the exact same song and say listen for the words, "Eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches" and once again, your brain would most likely hear it.
Q. How is back-masking done?
A. Most often it is done electronically by a group or a producer. However, when back-masking was first exposed many Satanists attempted to take credit for it. Musicians were also believed to have called on demons that possessed them to do the work. A few musicians even boldly stated that at times it was not them speaking but a demon.
Q. Why would a band or musician use back-masking?
A. It could be to generate hype, publicity or even just be for fun. However, in a book called "The Devils Disciples - The Truth About Rock" by Jeff Godwin a woman named "Elaine" revealed that she had regularly attended ceremonies in recording studios to place Satanic blessings upon the music that was recorded. These "blessings" were to give listeners an understanding of back-masked messages and to block the listener from understanding their need for Jesus
Q. Can back-masking really affect a listener?
A. It depends on who you ask. Most people would say no but it is a fact that subliminal messaging and advertising is found in every form of media today. It is scientifically proven that different colors and seasons of the year will affect our moods. Therefore, many would argue that subliminal messages, advertising and back-masking could do the same. A well respected brain researcher by the name of James Yarroll once gave a testimony to the California legislature that our human brains were capable of receiving, scanning, deciphering, storing and later reacting on subliminal & subconscious messages.
It was the guitar legend, Jimi Hendrix who once said, "Atmospheres are going to come through music because music is a spiritual thing of its own. YOU CAN HYPNOTIZE PEOPLE WITH MUSIC and when you get people at the weakest point YOU CAN PREACH INTO THEIR SUBCONSCIOUS whatever you want to say." That's why my friend Greg Speck tells students to, "Never ever never ever never ever go to bed with the radio on or music playing unless it is a Christian station or a Christian band playing."
Q. What's the big deal?
A. 40-50 years ago musicians were not allowed to sing about sex, drugs, alcohol or Satanism. The fact is that if bands tried to record an album with such themes the record labels would never produce the album. Therefore, musicians would sneak in the themes with lyrics that had double meanings. That way if a record executive asked a musician if their song was about drugs they could say, "No, this is a song about a dream I had that I was walking under water." Sure, the song Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds may be a song about a girl named Lucy who hangs out in space with precious jewels OR it could be a song about the drug LSD.
The song Puff the Magic Dragon could be about a boy named Johnny Paper who finds a magic dragon named Puff in a far off mystical land called Hannah Lee OR it could be a song about drugs and the town in Hawaii named Hanaleih known for marijuana plants.
The song Hotel California by The Eagles may be a song about materialism and excess as described by the band OR it could have ties to California's First Church of Satan. Lyrics include; "They just can't kill the beast," "This could be heaven or this could be hell," "You can checkout any time you like, but you can never leave," and "We haven't had that spirit here since nineteen sixty nine" which was the year that the Satanic bible was written.
In the 1960's & 1970's groups needed to hide messages in music (which attacked your subconscious). Today, there is no need for songs with double meanings and there is no need for back-masking:
- If you want to sing a song about choking a woman to death while having sex with her like The Insane Clown Posse does - you do it.
- If you want to make a movie about being "dragged to Hell" - you do it.
- If you want to play a video game where you can pick up prostitutes, have sex with them in the back of a van and then take your money back by killing the prostitute as in the Grand Theft Auto Series - you do it.
- If you want to write an article in Cosmopolitan called "Secrets to Men's Arousal" - you do it.
- If you want to put pornography on the internet - you do it.
Not only do you do it, but you make it as graphic as possible! All you need to do is put a parental advisory sticker on an album (and it will sell better than if it did not) or make a movie a "director's cut" (and watch it fly off the shelves).
Q. Any advice?
A. Ephesians 4:27 says "do not give the Devil a foothold." In rock climbing a foothold is a place to get leverage. So in your life a foothold is a place that gives Satan leverage to influence you - a place where he has an advantage. A foothold can be a lot of things such as:
- The (illegally downloaded) songs on your I-Pod that you hope your parents don't find.
- The video game that you talk your parents into buying that has secret levels and codes to make it more graphic and violent.
- The magazine you hide under your bed.
- The movie that you should have walked out of but didn't have the guts.
- The comic books with the satanic symbols inside.
- The websites you visit behind closed doors
Since all of these could be footholds for the Devil, I have three pieces of advice
- Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness (Romans 6:13).
- Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will (Romans 12:2).
- Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you (James 4:7).