You are here:

Led Zeppelin/About the backmasking of Led Zeppelin...

Advertisement


King Kill 33 wrote at 2007-07-10 04:19:09
First of all, you probably don't know the first thing about Led Zeppelin otherwise you'd know that the song your'e talking about IS named STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN.  Right?  Well, Where would you be going if you walked the opposite way of up?...HELL.  Led Zeppelin was and is a rock and roll band.  Not against the music...love it.  But we aren't necessarily saints, wer'e rockers and if it's satanic then I salute them.  That was their purpose...tripping people out who were tripping on acid or LSD or shrooms.  Honestly.  I'm not saying it is satanic, but it wasn't purposely placed there neither.  It's called art in the 70's era.  Damn.  And if it is so childish and immature then why the hell are you even writing about it?  Think about it.


King Kill 33 wrote at 2007-07-10 04:19:10
First of all, you probably don't know the first thing about Led Zeppelin otherwise you'd know that the song your'e talking about IS named STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN.  Right?  Well, Where would you be going if you walked the opposite way of up?...HELL.  Led Zeppelin was and is a rock and roll band.  Not against the music...love it.  But we aren't necessarily saints, wer'e rockers and if it's satanic then I salute them.  That was their purpose...tripping people out who were tripping on acid or LSD or shrooms.  Honestly.  I'm not saying it is satanic, but it wasn't purposely placed there neither.  It's called art in the 70's era.  Damn.  And if it is so childish and immature then why the hell are you even writing about it?  Think about it.


DMehew wrote at 2007-10-28 21:36:32
I understand that most people believe that rock music is "innocent" of evil influence. It actually is a carefully planned scheme of the devil to bring society to a state of stupefaction. And any common person can plainly see it certainly has had some extremely negative influence.  I don't enjoy saying this in any way, only that I also enjoyed the band, and the main idea of freedom in what we can believe. The devil is out to hurt people, he's not here to play games.  This is only to plain, it seems, to all but the most important people.  He can also place thoughts in your head making you believe you thought them yourself.  He's extremely clever and intelligent and sees beyond the immediate future.  I believe that this backmasking issue is very clearly revealing the nature of the music. My friends, I know about this, and how powerful it is.  Rock music glorifies rebellion against any authority (including good/noble authority) and hasn't done anyone any good.  I also think that if the "backmasked" lyrics weren't intentionally placed in the songs, then it leaves a lot to be explained.  When you go against what is right, whether you have good reason or not, you place yourself in a position where only God himself can help you.  I'm sorry that people really can't see the power of this satanic influence in rock music.  I guess Jesus majestic life and death wasn't enough for some folks.


Jay-Dizzle wrote at 2008-05-22 22:03:48
Oh may i add regarding the first answer to the question, about Brittany Spears viynls, play 'with you, i lose my mind give me a si..' from hit me baby one more time backwards, and you get 'sleep with me, i'm not too young'. So yes you're correct, nd if it occurs in Brittany Spear's work, it can appear in anything lol. JD


Catholicism101 wrote at 2008-07-06 11:57:45
Actually I had a friend of mine show this to me a bit ago for the first time. For some reason I never had heard of this "backmasking" besides the "Paul is dead" thing from the Beatles. I listened to it and thought it was somewhat gobilygook, but I did pick out Plant singing "Satan" and "666", which when I listened to it forward again could not see where those words would be created. I study psychology and thought the same thing. If smeone is told about it they will hear it. I heard it first before I saw the lyrics. I had my wife listen to it without discussing it as she never heard of this before either. We both could hear references to my sweet Satan and 666. Once I saw the lyrics it made more sense. Plus look into Page's other songs he wrote about satanic stuff. Plant does the same. Look up Page's/Plant's connection to the occult and satanism. This was purposely a balance between good and evil. Confused? Look up the Satanic belief of balance.


neil wrote at 2009-01-21 04:50:25
Chris:

I understand how you may view the backwards message as a hoax, but have you taken into account, or even known, that Jimmy Page was into Satanic stuff back then? Does the message still seem to be a coincidence now my friend?



neil


KevinK wrote at 2009-10-25 01:34:28
dont quote me on this, but if i remember correctly, while writing the album containing "stairway to heaven" zeppelin was staying in a house in englend closely related to allister crowley. Guitarist Jimmy Page of Zeppelin is a devout follower of Satanist, Aleister Crowley, who proclaimed himself as "The Beast 666".  Aleister Crowley was also a 33rd and 97th Degree Freemason and is recognized as the master Satanist of the 20th century.  In 1971, guitarist Jimmy Page bought Crowley’s Boleskine House on the shore of Loch Ness where Crowley practiced his hellish, satanic sex-magick rituals, including human sacrifices. Guitarist Jimmy Page actually performed Crowley magical rituals during their concerts. Their song "Stairway to Heaven" carries the reference "May Queen," which is purportedly the name of a hideous poem written by Crowley.  Page had inscribed in the vinyl of their album Led Zeppelin III, Crowley's famous "Do what thou wilt.  So mete it Be.’  Page and Robert Plant claim some of Zeppelins' songs came via occultic "automatic handwriting," including their popular "Stairway to Heaven."



Crowley had a huge influence on rock artists of the time, as well as the beatles







"Ethan, Zeppelin were much too professional with a way too high a level of integrity & honesty to purposely do this. Besides, when would they have time for such foolishness!?!" no offense but this is the worst excuse for any kind of argument. your saying led zeppelin were honest and held integrity. get real. secondly, theyre a rock band, of course they had time for foolishness.





however, i do agree with you that some people take it wayyy too far and listen to every single song backwards looking for a satanic message, and i also agree with you that once you read what ppl think the lyrics are backwards, that you try to hear them backwards yourself. (as you said, self imposed hearing.)



but ethan is right, that backward masking wasnt uncommon. however, it wasnt as popular as people make it out to be.





by the way, it seems like your mind is extremely closed and unwilling to accept anything other than what you want


Former zepaholicGeorge wrote at 2009-11-25 21:18:56
there is no doubting the quality of the music the band e.t.c i had all the albums the books and listened to them all day if the message on stairway about you know who don,t like to mention his name is coincidental then its incredible as far as i,m concerned what would the chances of that be any mathematician zep fans anyway one night i had a vivid dream telling me to get rid of all my zep records which i found disturbing i said to the person in my dream all of them ?yes all of them oh no i thought who is this to cut a long storey short got rid of them never listened to a zep song for 15 years now i,ll listen to some but not stairway its too much of a coincidence after all the guy mentioned in the song is supposed to be the father of lies so how can we believe him or people influenc ed by him who are denying hes on the record ,anyway is there any backward masking on Tangerine its mi favourite zep song!oh and white summer .


toppermost wrote at 2010-07-12 20:27:25
In the UK "hedgerows" or property boundaries are often made up with rows of Hawthorne trees. In Celtic mythology the "Faery Queen" aka "May Queen" was particularly fond of Hawthornes which bloom at the start of Spring.


AWVG wrote at 2012-02-16 15:27:55
From wikipedia, granted there is a citation needed.  But you would have to wonder about someone buying and moving into a home owned by occultist Aleister Crowley.  Old Alister bought the home to perform his occultic rituals.  You don't by a home on the shore of Lochness with out reason.  There is definitely smoke here, you have to decide if there is fire, do your own research.



Ownership by Jimmy PageFrom the early 1970s until 1991 Boleskine was owned by famed Led Zeppelin guitarist and Aleister Crowley enthusiast, Jimmy Page, who once called Crowley "a misunderstood genius of the 20th Century"[citation needed].




Carrigan wrote at 2013-03-27 19:47:28
Chris' reply here is ludicrous. Whilst you can 'play any song backwards and hear something', that specific part of stairway to heaven played backwards is so clear in what it says there is no way it was not done purposefully. Try and find any other song in which the lyrics form actual sentences and are as clear when played backwards, you'd have a very hard time doing so. Whilst there are other songs (Daft Punk's Harder Better Faster Stronger for example sounding like 'Come on Erva take your shirt off') which are most definitely "self imposed hearing", the clarity with which you can hear the lyrics in reversed Stairway to Heaven prove that it was intentional.



If you're in doubt, listen to it backwards yourself, I'm sure there are numerous videos of it, or even reverse it with some simple music software (yes it works with that, doesn't just have to be done with a vinyl record!). It is clear and specific, there is absolutely no way that it was not done intentionally despite what Plant may say to the contrary.


Bryan wrote at 2013-10-12 14:19:28
If human speech is recorded and played backwards, mixed amongst the gibberish at regular intervals can be heard very clear statements. These statements usually appear in short sentence form and are nearly always related to the forward speech. It appears constantly throughout language, so much so in fact, that it is believed to be a natural part of our speech processes.



The pioneer and 20 year veteran of this field, Australian David John Oates, describes Reverse Speech as another form of human communication. He states that language is bi-level, forward and reverse. As the human brain constructs the sounds of speech, it forms those sounds in such a way that two messages are delivered simultaneously. One forwards, which is the conscious mind speaking, and the other in reverse, which is the unconscious mind speaking.



The applications of this discovery are exciting. On the surface level, it can act as a sort of Truth Detector as Reverse Speech will usually correct the inconsistencies of forward speech. If a lie is spoken forwards, the truth may be communicated in reverse. If pertinent facts are left out of forward speech these may also be spoken in reverse. It can reveal hidden motive and agenda and other conscious thought processes. At deeper levels, Reverse Speech can reveal thought patterns that are unconscious, including reasons behind behaviour and disease. This information can be used to greatly enhance the therapeutic and healing processes.



Although still a new and emerging field, Reverse Speech is already making its mark felt in many areas. It has been used successfully in business negotiations and corporate mergers as means of providing extra information. In the state of Oregon, it has been used in criminal investigation and its results independently verified by DNA testing in one case.



http://www.reversespeech.com/study.htm


Led Zeppelin

All Answers


Answers by Expert:


Ask Experts

Volunteer


Chris M. Zangara

Expertise

I`m not only a Zeppelin fanatic, but I have been collecting Zeppelin - including Jimmy Page and Robert Plant solo music & information - for over 27 years. I am truly a lover of Page/Plant music in & out of Zeppelin simply because of the honesty & integrity of it all. - I have been studying them for as long as I have been listening to Rock/Blues Music. Their interpretation of the blues is unlike any other. I look forward to any question and will answer the very best I can - as above all - I am just a fan like you! (Please understand my interest is in the music and people of REAL life; NOT in rumor or fantasy).

Experience

Lover of blues roots and rock music from early 1900's to today. Musician for 30 years, mostly study of guitar and recording engineering.

Publications
http://ledzeppelinconcertticket.net/zeppelin_concert_club_west.html (click the PINK ticket). Other miscellaneous articles from allexperts given to help anyone who asks. I love to share.

Education/Credentials
Sound mixing and engineering certification and self training.

©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.