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Backmasking

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Backmasking is a technique artists use to add hidden messages to their music which can be discovered by listening to music backwards. This is rumored to be the only real way of finding messages from Satan himself and the Colonel's secret recipe of 11 herbs and spices. Perhaps this is the only good way of listening to modern music.


   
 
We had been programmed. I knew I was going to do it. I was afraid. I didn’t want to die. It’s just as if I had no choice
 

 
 

—Raymond Belknap, claiming he was reprogrammed after listening to Judas Priest

Notable examples[edit]

What the Beatles used to do it.
Your lord is speaking.

The practice was popularized by the Beatles in their 1966 album Revolver. After listening to one of their songs backwards, if someone isn't praising Satan (e.g. non-Jew), there is something morally wrong with them.

Since then other artists such as Pink Floyd have done this for the lulz, Queen, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest also tried but failed. Queen's attempt was nothing more than a simple message about smoking weed.

   
 
turn me on dead man
 

 
 

—The Beatles

   
 
Oh here’s to my sweet Satan
 

 
 

—Led Zeppelin

   
 
Did mommy or daddy ever have to spank you?
 

 
 

—The Mars Volta

   
 
666 murder murder Jesus 666
 

 
 

—Jay-Z

   
 
Wow, you must have an awful lot of free time on your hands
 

 
 

—Weird Al Yankovic

YouTube[edit]

Songs Of Satan

See also[edit]

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