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Infiltrated by Backmasking and Subliminal Messages - Part 1
What is backmasking or backwardmasking? Does backmasking really exist? And are there different kinds of backmaskiing for different purposes? If it does exist, does it matter? We will look at these and other questions in an effort to expose what much of the music industry is about.
There will always be the nay-sayers, so I let you to answer the questions based on the information provided. This is not an attempt to persuade or argue my position. The purpose is to expose the facts from which you can draw your own conclusions.
Because of the nature of this article many videos will be included. I hope you will be able to take the time, and watch and listen carefully.
It may be good to look at a little history of backmasking. It all began with Mr. Thomas Edison in 1877, and his new invention, the phonograph. He noticed that when the recording was spun backwards music could still be heard. In 1878 he came to the conclusion, "The song is still melodious in many cases, and some of the strains are sweet and novel, but altogether different from the song reproduced in the right way."
The basic principle has not changed much over the years. Recording devices and technology have changed tremendously, but the ability to play a song backward has been constant over the decades.
Aleister Crowley took it a step further in his 1913 book Magick (Book Four). He taught that an occultist was to train himself to speak and think backwards.Crowley was known as The Most Wicked Man in the World. There is no denying Crowley especially hated Christianity, and as a satanist, did everything in his power (and that of the underworld) to destroy Christians and their belief system. That becomes important information as we look at this business of backmasking and subliminal messaging. His influence was, and is far reaching.
Crowley in his service to satan focused on the backward side of things. He said in Magick (Book Four), one must “. . .train himself to think BACKWARDS by external means, as set forth here following.
- Let him learn to write BACKWARDS. . .
- Let him learn to walk BACKWARDS. . .
- Let him. . . listen to phonograph records REVERSED
- Let him practise speaking BACKWARDS. . .
- Let him learn to read BACKWARDS. . . ."
Notice especially the third point - "Let him. . . listen to phonograph records REVERSED." This was a practice of Crowley, and was passed on to the many he mentored.
Crowley - the Mentor
Who did he mentor? The music industry is filled with his influence. Consider these examples.
- Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson said: “… we’ve referred to things like the tarot and ideas of people like Aleister Crowley.”.
- Marilyn Manson in Misery Machine says this, “We’re gonna ride to the abbey of Thelema.” The Abbey of Thelema was the temple of satanist Crowley. He also said that Crowley was on of his favorite authors.
- David Bowie references Crowley in his Quicksand, as he says on his album Hunky Dory, "I'm closer to the Golden Dawn. . ." a reference to Crowley imagery and secret societies.
- Ozzie Osbourne pays tribute to Crowley in the song, Mr. Crowley, - ” “You fooled all the people with magic. You waited on Satan's call . . .Mr. Crowley, won't you ride my white horse. . . ." Crowley considered himself the antichrist. It is the antichrist who rides the white horse in Revelation 6.
- Daryl Hall of Hall and Oates is another Crowley junkie. From his mouth - “I became fascinated with Aleister Crowley . . . I was fascinated by him because his personality was the late-nineteenth-century equivalent of mine - a person brought up in a conventionally religious family who did everything he could to outrage the people around him as well as himself.”
- The Beatles fell under the spell of Crowley and satanism. Notice the picture to the right. John Lennon in the bottom right is openly showing the satanic hand sign declaring his allegiance to satan, but what about Paul McCartney at the bottom left. Oh, that's the "okay" sign, right? We should know that the "okay" sign represents a triple six (666) in satanism. Both are going on record as being linked to satanism. So how does Aleister Crowley fit in?
The Beatles openly admitted that the cover of their 1967 Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album was in fact meant to represent a wall of their heroes. Guess who's in the back row? You got it - Mr. Crowley.
Time will not allow us to go into detail with the many other rockers Mr. Crowley has influenced, but allow me to name a few: The Eagles; Led Zeppelin, Red Hot Chili Peppers; Mick Jagger; Fields of the Nephilim . . .and the list goes on and on and on,
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Aleister Crowley and Backmasking?
So why all this information on Aleister Crowley? Because it was he who first gave birth to the idea of backmasking; to sending secret messages backwards. But I also want us to see the evil behind the man. It is this evil that in many ways still exists in the music industry. It was Aleister Crowley and his philosophy of life that became the impetus of backmasking in music.
I know many will disagree, but the truth remains that much of today's music is evil when listened to forward. Today's music in so many ways is used by the devil to promote his agenda, We will look at some backmasking examples, but the reality is that the music is dangerous without being played in reverse.
You don't believe that certain songs are detrimental when played forward? Consider this example by the Bouys entitled Timothy from 1971. It's quite possible you never heard the song before, but in Central Pennsylvania it was quite popular. I still remember going to high school dances and hearing the song blaring over the sound system.
The reason it was popular in Pennsylvania? Centrral Pennsylvania is mining country. The lyrics told the story of three boys trapped in a mine when it caved in allowing only water enough for two and nothing to eat. To get to the point, the story ends with two of the boys eating Timothy. Even in 1971, this perverted twist of canibalism made it to the airways.
Different Methods of Backmasking
So why reverse? There are no doubt many reasons. Much of Frank Zappa's early material contained backmasking as a way to avoid censoring of his material. Sometimes it is just used as a marketing tool. Sometimes it is a tool of the devil. Do not tune me out just yet. Do your best to remain open to the possibility.
There are several ways backmasking can be employed on a song. The first is intentional. The recording played forward sounds of gibberish, but when reversed a message is given. The gibberish is actually a reversal of what was originally recorded Such is the case in Pink Floyd's Empty Spaces. Notice in this example that the backmasked side is spoken in recognizable English.
There is also phonetic reversal. The Grass Roots song, Live for Today, becomes yadoT rof eviL when spelled backwards. Phonetically it becomes ya dot r of e vil - a daughter of evil. Could it be that the truth of this particular seemingly innocent song could be linking hedonism with evil. Remember, that the theme of the song forward is just as evil, but we tend to overlook that.
The modern day focus of backmasking probably began with The Beatles. Remember that they were devotees of Aleister Crowley. Anyone who listened to The Beatles in the late 60's no doubt remember the Paul is Dead rumors. The Beatles played off this with several backmasked messages. The most notable of The Beatles backmasked messages was found on the song Revolution Number Nine. Listen to it backwards as John Lennon can clearly be heard to say, "Turn me on, dead man."
Listen to the link below as Ringo Starr proudly announces, "My god is really stubborn."
My god is really stubborn - The Beatles
The most dangerous kind of backmasking is that which is demonically fueled. In this kind of backmasking there is no connection between what is said forward and replayed backwards. The backward line is a totally different voice imitating the vocalist. If you were take the lines forward and spell them backwards they would not even remotely resemble each other. This is what we will look at in Part 2.