The Butcher and I were watching the religious channel this weekend and caught a segment from 1981 about backmasking in Led Zeppelin songs, especially ‘Stairway to Heaven.’
It’s funny because I would have been seven and the Butcher one, but we both have vivid memories of being told how dangerous Led Zeppelin was, for that very reason.
Surely, that couldn’t have happened until we were older. I want to say that it’s when I was in high school, about the same time as the whole “D&D will turn you Satanic” scare, so almost ten years after that dude on the religious channel went on Merv Griffith and warned America about Led Zeppelin’s love of Satan.
Can you think of any band or artist from ten years ago that we’re still blaming for leading young people astray? Maybe Biggie and no one is accusing Biggie of being in league with the Devil.
Those were weird times.
You know what it reminded me of? Watching this dude with his tape recorder saying, “Now, first you’re going to hear something that sounds like ‘Here’s to My Sweet Satan’ and then you’re going to hear ‘six, six’ and possibly another ‘six.'”
Sadly, it reminded me of my beloved ‘Ghost Hunters’ on the Sci Fi network sitting there with their eager clients and their computers and their EVPs saying, “Now first you’re going to hear a pipe banging and then you’ll hear a voice.”
I don’t know. Maybe it’s not sad.
But it is funny how we don’t move very far away from some things, isn’t it?
Here I am, still intrigued by men straining to hear the faint words of occult conspiracy and otherworldly powers.