Wednesday, October 15, 2008

POS: Backmasking and Reverse Speech in Music


Backward messages in music (commonly known as backwmasking) have been a controversy ever since the late 1960s, when messages were found backwards on some Beatles' albums, hinting that Paul McCartney had died. Some of these subliminal messages have been identified as purposeful while some are apparently inadvertent. Some believe that many of these backward messages were in fact examples of "Reverse Speech" in music. Speech reversals occur naturally in all forms of speech, sung or spoken. Explore some of the links and sites regarding this subject and offer your opinion on at least 10 specific examples. Do you buy into the theory of Reverse Speech or is it all a bunch of hogwash?


THE THEORY OF REVERSE SPEECH AND SPEECH COMPLEMENTARITY.

(1) Human speech has two disctinctive yet complementary functions and modes. The Overt mode is spoken forwards and is primarily under conscious control. The Covert mode is spoken backward and is not under conscious control. The backward mode of speech occurs simultaneously with the forward mode and is a reversal of the forward speech sounds.

(2) These two modes of speech, forward and backward, are dependent upon each other and form an integral part of human communication. One mode cannot be fully understood without the other mode. In the dynamics of interpersonal communication, both modes of speech combined communicate the total psyche of the person, conscious as well as unconscious.

(3) Covert speech develops before overt speech. Children speak backwards before they do forwards. Then, as forward speech commences, the two modes of speech gradually combine into one, forming an overall bi-level communication process.


Reverse Speech Site


Click here to here a well known sample of backmasking from Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven". This audio file will play both forward (original context) and backward (backmasking revealed).

6 comments:

Bridget said...

Santana: And I'll remind you to say yes- Reverse speech

George Harrison: "While my guitar gently weeps" - Pass the gun now. It kills the love, the love is cold -Backmasking

Cheap Trick: "Gonna Raise Hell" - Satan holds the keys to the lock - Backmasking

Judas Priest: "Beyond the Realms Of Death"- I took my life.- Reverse speech

Queen: "Another One Bites The Dust"- Decide to smoke marijuana, and Give some acid.- Coincident

Rolling Stones: I love you, said the devil- Backmasking

AC/DC : "Night Prowler" - Oo, Listen to me, I'm from hell (gibberish) I'm the Lord Lucifer. White Owl yesterday - Backmasking

The Eagles: "Hotel California" -Yeah Satan (gibb) organized his own religion - Reverse speech

Led Zeppelin: "Stairway to Heaven"- Its my sweet Satan. The one whose little path would make me sad whose power is fake (indeterminate gibberish - some people claim this says, He gives you 666) There was a little toolshed where he made us suffer, sad Satan. -Backmasking

George Harrison: "Here comes the sun" - He needs this mystery gal -Reverse Speech

Jeff Milner said...

If you'd like to see some examples of backmasking and how "priming" can change your perception, see my site http://jeffmilner.com/backmasking

It's got some of the same examples you've written about and more.

bridget said...

Santana: And I'll remind you to say yes- I think this is Reverse speech because it doesn't really make sense to someone reading it but it might make sense to Santana and the person that he meant to hear it.

George Harrison: "While my guitar gently weeps" - Pass the gun now. It kills the love, the love is cold -I think this is Backmasking because it sounds like Harrison is trying to manipulate someone.

Cheap Trick: "Gonna Raise Hell" - Satan holds the keys to the lock - I think this is backmasking because the song is about Hell and the message is about Satan so I think the person that did that was aware that the two related to each other.

Judas Priest: "Beyond the Realms Of Death"- I took my life.- I think this is Reverse speech because Judas Priest didn't take his life yet if he is still singing so maybe it is foreshadowing something that he knows will happen in the future.

Queen: "Another One Bites The Dust"- Decide to smoke marijuana, and Give some acid.- I think this is just a Coincident because it seems irrelevant to the song and it is hard to understand exactly what he is saying.

Rolling Stones: I love you, said the devil- I think this is reverse speech because it is very simple and has direct meaning.

AC/DC : "Night Prowler" - Oo, Listen to me, I'm from hell (gibberish) I'm the Lord Lucifer. White Owl yesterday - Backmasking

The Eagles: "Hotel California" -Yeah Satan (gibberish) organized his own religion - I think this is Reverse speech because it is irrelevant to the song and I think if the Eagles put a message in their song, they would have it relate to the actual song.

Led Zeppelin: "Stairway to Heaven"- Its my sweet Satan. The one whose little path would make me sad whose power is fake (indeterminate gibberish - some people claim this says, He gives you 666) There was a little toolshed where he made us suffer, sad Satan. -I think this is Backmasking because Jimmy Page was known to have an obsession with dark magic.

George Harrison: "Here comes the sun" - He needs this mystery gal -I think this is Reverse Speech because it seems irrelevant to the song and I don't know why George Harrison would consciously put that in his song.

Laura R. said...

1. The Beatle's: 'Help' - This song was recorded at around the time the Beatles began to experiment with drugs.-"Now he uses marijuana."- Backmasking

2.John Lennon: 'How do you sleep' - "Hey, poor Lindy. So mean, gets him nowhere"- Backmasking

3. Ringo Starr: 'Honey Dont' - "My God is so stubborn" - Backmasking

4. Santana: "And I'll remind you to say yes"- Reverse speech

5. Paul McCartney: 'Band On The Run' - "Marijuana, marijuana. The law, law will banish us"- Backmasking

6. Roy Orbison: "Get out, get out, get out people"- Reverse speech

7.Celine Dion: "You've got to be with him"- backmasking

8. Marilyn Munroe: "We are funny"- Reverse speech

9. Elvis Presley: "I love you mother"- Backmasking

10. Deep Purple: 'Black Knight' - "Oh demon thats leading from hell, we believe"- Backmasking

-- I believe in the theory of reverse speech to an extent. I feel as though it is possible to have perfectly spoken english be heard backwards; however many of the songs I listened to were clearly backmasking.

Tom said...

John Lennon - How do you sleep - Hey, poor Lindy. So mean, gets him nowhere- Reverse Speech

Ringo Starr- Honey Don't- Backmasking

Santana: And I'll remind you to say yes- reverse speech

Santana - I Love Satan within-reverse speech

Deep Purple - Black Knight - Oh demon thats leading from hell, we believe-backmasking

Mary Poppins soundtrack - Drinking all night long-reverse speech

Popeye Theme Song - Give me a fuck. Give me a fuck now- reverse speech

George Harrison - Here comes the sun - He needs this mystery gal-reverse speech

Melissa Etheridge - Its the end for me. Can't leave me-reverse speech

The Eagles - Hotel California - A well known example - Yeah Satan (gibb) organised his own religion-reverse speech

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