Ady wrote:really? if so cool as! i like stuff like that(not tarot cards!).
i remember in the eighties all this religious lot went a bit mental about judas priest-which fair play to um went to court to stand up and say it was utter BS about some backwards message in some record which made to geeks kill umselves.........and yet when you heard the recording-theres sod all there......just buggered up the needle on me record player......i tried it with that stairway to heaven track -i couldn't here sod all.
The band that suffered the most from the whole Satanic obsession was - surprisingly - the Electric Light Orchestra!
The trouble all started back in 1975 on their "Face The Music" LP (which has a grim picture of an electric chair as the centrepiece - a cover one would have thought more the forte of Blue Oyster Cult, etc). The opening track, "Fire On High", has a backwards message on it - Bev Bevan saying "The music is reversible, but time is not. Turn back - turn back! - turn back!." before fading away. It is one of the creepiest moments committed to vinyl, & along with the cover probably laid the foundations for the later accusations, giving the impression the band had a hitherto unknown "dark" side to them.
Then came the bizarre coincidence of three ELO singles in a row all stalling at No.6 in the British Singles chart ("Mr Blue Sky", "Wild West Hero" & "Sweet Talkin' Woman"), and the most ridiculous witch hunt in music history kicked off, as a band that frankly were about as evil & scary as the Christmas Tree fairy got mad preachers outside their gigs in the US & even the UK.
On the plus side, like the Eagles with the "Hotel California" uproar, the whole pantomime probably saved them from the vilification many "dinosaur" bands suffered during the punk era: they seemed remarkably immune from criticism whilst others like Steve Harley were crucified.
The band even had one gig - long after their glory days - banned in Ballymena, Northern Ireland c/o Ian Paisley's Democratic Unionists, for being "satanic". A furious Bev Bevan sent a press release to every Northern Irish newspaper he could asking voters next time to consider at the ballot box whether they wanted to be party to such DUP nonsense. Well as events proved, they certainly didn't in Ballymena. Come the local elections several months later, despite being the buckle in Northern Ireland's Bible Belt, such was the embarrassment at being made a nationwide laughing stock (as one local commented in the press, "what next, banning The Wombles?"), the DUP lost control of the council for the first time in almost two decades. That proved to be the last of the "satanic ELO" stories! [/i]