If you see your mom, tell her I said SATAN!!!
October 8, 2004 9:40 AM   Subscribe

Ceci Nes't Pas Une Satanic Message • "Years ago someone told me that if you played Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven song backwards that you could make out 'satanic messages'. It is not my opinion that Led Zeppelin and the other artists here were given some kind of evil power to make these backwards sounds have a satanic message. And, no, I did not create this to show the evils of Rock and Roll. Instead I made this flash piece for two reasons: 1. I was new to Flash and wanted to be better at it and 2. The reverse files sound cool. "
posted by dhoyt (15 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
The part about the little toolshed always brings a tear to my eye. It is such sweet imagery.
posted by strangeleftydoublethink at 9:45 AM on October 8, 2004

posted by sciurus at 9:55 AM on October 8, 2004

tsop ecin
posted by 327.ca at 10:05 AM on October 8, 2004

I hear that if you play Marilyn Manson backwards, it's all about kittens, rainbows, and unicorns.
posted by strangeleftydoublethink at 10:12 AM on October 8, 2004

Ceci Nes't Pas Une Satanic Message

C'est tiré par les cheveux tout ca.

Sinon: un message satanique.
posted by NewBornHippy at 10:21 AM on October 8, 2004

I love the idea of Sad Satan.
posted by jon_kill at 10:35 AM on October 8, 2004

GOOOOOOOoooooooo tooooooooooo Chuuuuuurrrrrch......Saaaaaaaaay youuuuuuuuuur praaaaaaaaayerrrrrrssssss.

/Bloom County
posted by elwoodwiles at 10:37 AM on October 8, 2004

Tithe! Tithe!
posted by saladin at 10:42 AM on October 8, 2004

If you play records backwards... you are Satan.
– Bill Hicks
posted by Termite at 10:46 AM on October 8, 2004

The Britney Spears clip explains alot.
posted by wKen at 12:15 PM on October 8, 2004

Hidden & Satanic Messages In Rock Music (mp3) - clips from a 1981 Christian radio show, via the 365 days project. (Scroll down - also at the bottom is "Picking Up Girls Made Easy - The Women's Clothing Store Pick-Up", for your added enjoyment).
posted by jb at 12:40 PM on October 8, 2004


When I was 13, I went to Lutheran summer camp. Each afternoon we'd have a religion class that was about 2 hours long. One of those days we were herded into the dining cabin and given a presentation, reel to reel included on backmasking.

Hair bands being all the rage those days, it was suggested we listen to Stryper instead of Whitesnake.

At 14, my high school boyfriend lent me 2 tapes. One of these was Led Zeppelin. I remember waiting until no one was home pop it in my cassette player. I was totally sweating it, knowing that God knew that I was committing a grevious sin. I think I may have repented for it later. It wasn't until I was 16 or 17 until I could listen to any LZ without a guilty conscience.

Note - this was all self inflicted. I was not raised by Jesus freaks.

The other tape he lent me was 2 Live Crew. I was able to listen to this without any issues.
posted by pieoverdone at 12:53 PM on October 8, 2004

so lame -- reverse any song and youll fill in some messages
posted by Satapher at 1:12 PM on October 8, 2004

lb: awesome! I've been wondering where I could find a cache of the 365 Days Project for ages now...
posted by kaibutsu at 1:48 PM on October 8, 2004

I've occasionally wondered if Page and Plant weren't sitting around in the studio, recorded some Satanic lyrics for kicks, played 'em backwards, and then made up some lyrics to closely approximate the sound of the backwards lyrics. They were the sort of studio rats who might do such a thing.

In support of this:

a) Plant's inflections on that part of Stairway to Heaven are extremely bizarre - they're not the way you'd necessarily pick to sing those words.

b) Plant has steadfastly refused to explain where the lyrics to 'Stairway' come from.

c) Backwards masking was hardly unknown at the time, and other artists were using it - check out Jimi's 'Castles made of Sand' solo.

NOT in support of it:

a) It's completely ridiculous to hypothesize something this Byzantine when the least hypothesis is simply coincidence.
posted by ikkyu2 at 9:05 AM on October 9, 2004

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