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Saturday, February 4, 2017

10 Cool (But Weird) Backward Messages on Records

Lots of songs have cryptic meanings (I'm looking at you, Bob Dylan), but sometimes, the hidden message is, literally, backwards. 

In a recording technique known as "backmasking", a vocal snippet is dubbed backwards onto an otherwise forward-sounding track, concealing the meaning of the original vocal. The secret message is revealed only when an enterprising listener plays the track backwards. 

In the golden age of vinyl, ferreting out the secret backwards message was usually a three-person operation. One person carefully spun the LP backwards with his index finger. A second person lit something to smoke. And a third person stood by in case he had to rush out to buy a new record needle or other supplies.

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