Backmasking - Backwards Messages in Music

This is the controversial practice of inserting reversed speech messages into music recordings. Backmasking can be found in recordings by The Beatles, Electric Light Orchestra, Ozzy Osbourne and others. It has led to various accusations and trials claiming the messages can influence behaviour, including a trial over backmasked messages in music by Judas Priest, although the case was eventually dismissed. Following that publicity, several bands used backmasking to poke fun at the accusations and inserted odd or amusing messages into their recordings. Have a look at this infographic for some famous backmasked messages.


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Cat's in the Cradle Flowchart

Finally someone (Jason Nafziger) made a flow chart of Cat’s in the Cradle.

Cat’s in the Cradle was Harry Chapin’s only #1 song, released in 1974 from the album Verities & Balderdash and topping the charts that December.  The lyrics are based on a poem written by his wife, Sandy, about the relationship between her first husband and his father.  For some reason, this song is often attributed to Cat Stevens, who by all official accounts has never actually performed it, although I imagine he has sung along to it on the radio like the rest of us.