We’ve got a pretty dark (yet fun) theme for today’s 5 @ 5 as rock musicians keep going back to the age old imagery of….the devil!
Well, a song that has been believed to have some references to the devil when played BACKWARDS is back in the news today.
In the lawsuit against Led Zeppelin for Stairway to Heaven, from Billboard:
On May 10, a California jury will begin to deliberate whether Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” unfairly borrowed from an instrumental track that came three years before it. Apparently, lawyers representing L.A. rockers Spirit are willing to settle their case for the seemingly low price of one American dollar.
But of course, there’s a catch. In such an agreement, Bloomberg reports that Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and Jimmy Page would have to give songwriting credit to Spirit’s Randy California on the legendary 1971 track. Obviously, this would amount to much more than $1 towards the late Spirit guitarist (real name Randy Wolfe), who died in 1997.
This week in 1982:
The California State Assembly consumer-protection-committee heard testimony from “experts” who claimed that when ‘Stairway To Heaven’ was played backward you could hear the lyrics:
“I sing because I live with Satan. The Lord turns me off, there’s no escaping it. Here’s to my sweet Satan, whose power is Satan. He will give you 666. I live for Satan.”
Do you hear it?
#1 Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven
#2 Billy Talent - Devil on my Shoulder
Here’s a band with MORE than one song about the Devil ha ha…
#3 Van Halen - Runnin' With the Devil
#4 Beck - Devil's Haircut
#5 Rolling Stones - Sympathy for the Devil
I can only play five tracks, right? Here’s a few more DEVIL SONGS.