The 15 Best Easter Eggs Hidden in Music Albums

The 15 Best Easter Eggs Hidden in Music Albums

Easter eggs in the world of music can be in the sound, that is, ghost tracks that appear many minutes after the record is finished, or in the covers, with hidden messages here and there in those covers that were real works of art. . With music that now lives in digital format, without the large and well-kept record covers, and with songs organized in icy playlists, today this practice is being lost and it is practically impossible to surprise the listener. In the history of musical easter eggs there is a special chapter in the tracks to play backwards: a fun for many bands of the sixties, behind which someone always saw some phantom satanic messages…

The Velvet Underground , White Light / White Heat White Light / White Heat is the second album by Velvet Underground, the band of Lou Reed and John Cale. Their first album had the famous banana cover designed by Andy Warhol which, in the first editions, could be peeled. But it was an obvious game: the words “peel slowly and see” were an invitation to do so. The cover of White Light / White Heat, still conceived by Andy Warhol but made by photographer Billy Name, on the other hand, is one that hides secrets. At first glance it looks all black, except for the title and band name. But, on closer inspection, it reveals much more. If you look at it carefully, perhaps with the help of a black light, in the lower left corner, you can see a skull pierced by a knife. It is actually a tattoo on the arm of Andy Warhol collaborator Joe Spencer, who had played the lead part in the movie Bike Boy. In the following, cheaper editions, the cover was printed simply in black.

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In the history of easter eggs and ghost tracks, as well as in that of inferences, the Beatles play an important part. Not for nothing are they the greatest band in rock history, and they are the first in this too. Do you remember the famous "Paul Is Dead" conspiracy theory, which wanted Paul McCartney to die in a car accident in 1966 and replaced by a look-alike? It is said that it comes from this sweet and lysergic song. In fact, it seems that in the piece, at the end, John Lennon is heard muttering words which, according to the conspiracy theorists, are "I buried Paul", that is "I buried Paul". Conspiracy theorists will also have an easy time looking at the cover of the famous Abbey Road album, the one in which the 4 of Liverpool cross the street in front of the famous studios. In that photo, Paul is barefoot, and the sign "28 IF" appears on the license plate of a car, which has been interpreted as "he would be 28 if he were alive". Speaking of Abbey Road, the 1969 album, 14 seconds after the end of the last track, The End, there is a piece born from a jam session, entitled Her Majesty. In the White Album, the song to watch is Revolution 9: listening to it backwards, you should hear voices saying "Get Me Out! Get Me Out! "(" Get me out! Get me out! ") That suggest a car on fire, and other voices that say" Paul is dead, Paul is dead ", while a voice shouts" I'm died! "(" I'm dead! "), The reference, of course, is always the famous death of Paul McCartney ...

The Beatles vs The Rolling Stones And there is always the Beatles at the beginning of this story. It was 1967 when the Beatles released their historic album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, the album with the most famous cover of all time. In the center are the Fab Four in uniforms that make them look like members of a marching band. And, among the dozens of characters that surround them, there is one who winks at the alleged rivalry of those times with the Rolling Stones, a Shirley Temple doll wearing a "Welcome The Rolling Stones" t-shirt. A few months later the Rolling Stones released their equally historic album, Their Satanic Majesties Request. And, coincidentally, in that colorful cover there was a small tribute to the Beatles. The cover, in the first edition, is made up of a three-dimensional image. But, looking carefully at the photo, you can see the faces of the four Beatles among the flowers. In reality it is not a question of rivalry, but quite the opposite: the bands knew each other, they esteemed each other, and in those covers a mutual homage must be seen to make it clear that the bands were not rivals.

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What can be more relaxed, melancholy, and innocent than the Eagles' Hotel California, a classic example of FM rock or Adult Oriented Rock? Yet even the symbolic song of the Eagles has been at the center of much controversy. Once again there is talk of unlikely texts with a satanic background. The idea had spread that the words "There were voices down the hall, I thought I heard them, welcome to the California hotel", played backwards could make you hear the words like "Yes Satan, he arranged, oh, he organized his own religion. "The theory seems to have arisen from the fact that someone in that Hotel California saw a hotel in San Francisco that had been converted into a seat of the Church of Satan. Satanists the Eagles? Come on ..

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Pink Floyd, a brilliant band, have always played; with their music, with sound effects, with their covers, with the visual aspects of their concerts. In this case, we are talking about a song, Empty Spaces, taken from their historic 1979 album The Wall. Dark and distressing, it also has a secret message within it. It is a song that changes several times: the first after 48 seconds, when the tone changes and in tensity. But after another 28 seconds, Roger Waters' voice is heard uttering incomprehensible words. The mystery is solved with the classic practice of spinning the record backwards. So you can hear Waters' voice saying "Hello, observer ... Congratulations. You just found out the secret message. Please send your reply to Old Pink, at the Funny Farm, Chalfont ..." And, shortly after, the words "Roger! Carolyne on the phone!" Are still heard. Empty Spaces is the introduction to the epic Young Lust, so much so that often the two songs are played together.

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Train In Vain is a famous song by the Clash, and is the third single from the great album London Calling. record, the song does not appear on the official tracklist. Why? Train In Vain was born as a promotional single to be released before the album was released. Then it was decided to put it on the album. But now the cover - with the tracklist previous - had already been printed. Speaking of curious facts, Train In Vain was initially called Stand By Me, but the title changed to not be confused with the song by Ben E. King. In the United States it was released under the title Train In Vain (Stand By Me).

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In our gallery there are also Nirvana, another unconventional group that never ceases to surprise, for better or for worse. One of the surprises, on record, comes from their historic second album Nevermind, that of their consecration. Something In The Way is the song that closes the record, and it really feels like that. In fact, 10 long minutes of silence pass before another song starts. It's called Nameless, Endless, and obviously, being a ghost track, it's not credited on the album. But it's not even present in every copy: it's six minutes of feedback, bass and guitar distortions and drum rolls on which Kurt Cobain screams words he says he can't remember well. Everything is recorded on a vintage Shure SM57 microphone born for spoken radio shows and not for music. This is how all the distorted waves of the guitar and bass enter creating a real sonic chaos. This outburst of anger comes as the band is recording Lithium, but fails to close the take. So Kurt gets angry and tells Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl to play the jam session with which they close the shows and puts all his frustration into it. Thus was born a noise track that recalls certain experiments of Sonic Youth. That ghost track for Cobain was also a tribute to the Beatles, the true creators of the ghost track.

Radiohead, Kid A

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