Visions of Derek Smalls

Front and center of WSJ (print) page 1 was a feature on the resurgence of playing music lyrics backwards, once popular when music was stored on vinyl, now that most files are digital.

Sidebar: for this piece to make the WSJ front page screams they are trying to broaden their appeal beyond the 60 minutes demographic. Lou, father-in-law, has made the print WSJ an annual gift with the hopes of broadening my mind and reading selection beyond what he deems as “that liberal rag” – Sunday NY Times. BTW…love the op eds of both publications.

The WSJ featured a backmasking website jeffmilner.com/backmasking.htm and some of the interesting findings and/or reaffirmations:

  • Britney Spears’ Baby One More Time: “Sleep with me, I’m not too young”
  • Pink Floyd’s Empty Spaces: “Congratulations, you have discovered the secret message.”
  • Queen’s hit and Amarillo High School Golden Sandstorm fight song “Another One Bites the Dust” – “It’s fun to smoke marijuana.”

But my favorite was a quote from BP Fallon, former Led Zeppelin publicist, in response to claims that Stairway to Heaven played backwards states “Oh here’s to my sweet Satan.”

“Play anything backwards and you’ll find something.” …. “Oh here’s to my sweet Satan” could actually be “Oh here’s to my sweaty satin,” a reference to Jimmy Page’s pants.

Insert visual of Derek Smalls from “This is Spinal Tap.”

This is Spinal Tap

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