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Natas das liah! Join me and the man who accepts no introduction, Brian Toney, as we talk about backmasking (which some people incorrectly google search as back masking, It's ok, you are still welcome here). Backmasking is a recording technique where you record something but then set it to play backwards in the final recording. There have been legit cases of back masking such as it's use on The Beatle's song "Rain", but that's not really what we're talking about tonight. Tonight, we'll be discussing the more demonic side of the alleged trend. Thought the 70's and into the 1980's, some morality groups claimed that certain music groups, especially though not exclusively heavy metal groups, used backmasked lyrics and messages to inspire fans to worship the devil, use drugs, and commit suicide. Judas Priest was even taken to court over their alleged backmasking and two states tried to introduce laws that would require music with suspected backmasked messages to require special labels warning listeners (not unlike the "explicit" labels still in use today).
Brian and I will walk you through the whole craze and try to separate fact from fiction. We'll give you some examples of alleged backmasked messages and let you see if you can hear anything. I even conducted a super scientific experiment via Facebook which I'll go into in detail in this episode. SCIENCE!!! You get to hear my own "satan jam" that apparently includes the backmasked message "my mother made a bad boy!" which gives Brian and I a good idea for a t-shirt. Plus you'll get to hear me stumble over the word "backmasking" a bunch of times. Bass masking? Bass massing? Paradillia? Peridolia? Pareidolia?
Eric D is a Boston-based actor, singer, comic, and host of the podcast Spooky Times with Eric D