Secret Pop

Feb 26, 2006

Stairway to Redundant Heaven

I just saw a promo for the 10 O'Clock News that is apparently about backward masking. Fox 11 News finds secret messages in your music, or somesuch. And they were playing Queen's Another One Bites the Dust and showing a vinyl record being spun backwards with someone's hand.

Um...duh. I heard that "It's fun to smoke marijuana" clip when I was in junior high school. I was going to a Seventh-Day Adventist school, and we listened to an audio seminar (on cassette tape) called "Rock A Bye Bye Baby." It was a live talk given by some pastor about the harms of rock n' roll music, and I remember that it made an impression on me. At least enough so that I used to think Ozzy Osbourne was a Satan-worshiper and was a little scared of any band featured on the cover of Circus magazine. That is to say, until Duran Duran was featured on the cover, and then I realized that rock n' roll was not only perfectly safe but also very, very handsome.

Is this really the only newsworthy thing happening in America today? It's hard for me to believe that this decades-old story made it past the editors as something anyone hasn't yet heard about. Tomorrow night, Africanized bees, Tylenol tampering, and the deception of "light" beer.

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