The psychedelic movement has really done a lot for the rock scene in general. When the 60s were about to begin, these were the kind of songs that could open your mind to the freer side of rock and roll, most often informed by taking a bunch of drugs. One of the greatest remnants of that era, however, was able to play things both backwards and forwards.
Starting with bands like the Summer of Love style bands, there were thousands of acts trying to play everything they could upside down to create something a little weird, which ended up turned into something much funnier once we got past the Woodstock era. Throughout rock history, there have been rockstars who have used the reverse message tactic for good and ill, seeking to make songs designed to give you an alternative message or just for you. screw the head.
True 60s bands were certainly no slouch either, and even the original hippies had a few ideas in mind when you start running those original recordings backwards the right way. So you might want to listen to this one carefully and hear the weird, wacky, and often hilarious things people did when they got into the world of backmasking.
The whole concept of spinning a record upside down is time consuming in itself. Before the digital age, you literally had to try to mess up your record player to make sure the vinyl could play backwards so you could hear everything. What’s even worse is when you do all that work just to have the band troll you at the end of it all.
At the height of ELO’s fame in the ’70s, they were already being harassed for putting satanic messages into their songs, which Jeff Lynne called a complete “skcollob” (read it backwards and you’ll find it). you will have understood). That didn’t stop them from indulging in reverse messaging at the start of Face the Music, with Fire on High featuring some pretty prominent reverse vocals.
But what are they really saying behind it all? In the end, the whole message in reverse is just Jeff and the pissing boys, with the lyrics being “music is reversible, but time isn’t. Go back!”. If you really think about it, this might be one of the best meta comments the band could have gotten away with at the time. Since there’s already an awesome song playing, it’s the best kind of practical joke that teaches you a lesson about paying attention to music. Because if you’re not careful the right way, you’ll just waste time when you try to play it backwards.