June 19, 2006
What does "Another One Bites the Dust" say played backward?
When I was a young teenager my parents (and the parents of many of my friends) corraled us into attending a presentation about the evils of music (not as bad as Footloose, but along the same lines that Ren was up against). This was mid-80s and my groups of a dozen or so friends lived and breathed music, mostly from the alternative scene (The Smiths, The Cure, Echo and the Bunnymen, R.E.M., U2, etc).
The presenter had a somewhat dated collection of insights into the evils of musicians and the music industry. This included stories and musical excerpts from Styx, Queen, the Beatles, AC/DC (All Children/Devils Children), Michael Jackson, W.A.S.P. (We are Satan's People) and more that supposedly backed up his point that if you listen to (or let your kids listen to) this music they are hell-bound.
We all listened with interest but most of the points were lost on us because we didn't really know the music this guy (I remember his name, but will refrain from using it) was referencing. Of course in the weeks/months/years following this presentation we got a lot of good mileage having fun with the interesting things we heard that night. We even once did a parody interview for a fake radio show looking through all of our Depeche Mode records and pointing out the satanic associations.
Now to the point. One thing that was played a few times was a clip from Queen's Another One Bites the Dust. As I recall, the presenter told us what it said, and then played it back a few times repeating what it said. Of course we tried it at home and heard the same thing.
I recently (20 years later) stumbled into an mp3 of Another One Bites the Dust and decided to flip a section of the song around around see what I think now. Was suprised to hear exactly what I was told it said so many years ago. I forwarded it to Pete, (who was in attendance as well) who also confirmed that he still hears it too. But I wonder if it's just because we can still hear the presenter up at the microphone saying it along with the song.
So here's the clip. It's an 8 second clip playing forward and then the same 8 seconds played backward. Does it say anything to you?
The WikiPedia has a paragraph about this (but it gives it away), and a link to a much nicer walkthrough of the hidden message. Don't go there until you've at least tried to formulate what it says.
Now that I think about it, maybe this hidden message is something that everyone knows about, which would make this test (and post) pointless. Too late now.
Posted by mike at June 19, 2006 12:08 PM