The Britney Spears thing was something I've not heard of, although it's defenitely worth checking out. Do you remember which portion of the song it
I've got an mp3 editing program, if someone remembers which part of the song it's on I'll gladly splice it down into a backwards clip and post it
on here just for giggles.
Here is my opinion on what that may be... As much as I dislike Britney Spears, my disdain for her's and others' pop music isn't enough to lead me
to start spreading a rumor about a mysterious saying appearing in her lyrics if you play them backwards. It probably was enough for someone else to
spread that rumor though. You play a song backwards enough times, with the idea of hearing something in your head, and you'll eventually start to
Especially the "sleep with me I'm not too young." I'd have to hear this before I could make an accurate assumption, but I would be willing to
wager that this is a relatively inaudible phrase on it's own. However, if someone wants to hear "sleep with me I'm not too young" they could
probably hear it. Someone out there probably wanted to rib on Mrs. Spears' promiscuity, and henceforth, the rumor.
If someone played the track for you without telling you what you were supposed to hear, you would probably hear nothing. However, if the phrase was
already keyed in your mind, your mind subconsciously would be qued to fill in the gaps quicker and thus you would probably hear it.
You brought up the possibility of someone with a gifted ear and sound knowledge could theoretically be creative enough to come up with a piece of
lyric that could be played backwards to create the mysterious message.
That's not a bad idea, and I'm not saying you are wrong at all. I'm sure somebody, somewhere, could probably come up with something.
Take this into consideration though...
When record labels go to record an album, they spend a LOT of money freeing up studio time, booking producers, techs, and all of the other people that
it takes to run a recording studio. Plus the artist's time. Studios alone are expensive as all heck to book. Every minute they spend in a recording
studio, thousands of dollars are going out the window.
Now, take into consideration that most artists (using that term loosely in Mrs. Spears' case but nonetheless) tend to sing their songs slightly
different each time they sing. So, you would have to have Britney rerecord the song over and over until it was just perfect in the exact right pitch,
tone, and duration as to produce the desired backwards message.
I honestly doubt that the money hungry record labels are going to be willing to blow a few day's worth of time/cash on getting a mysterious message
to be played backwards into a track.
As always, that's just my opinion though...
On that note:
Sometimes, I think conspiracies like these are actually spread by the recording industries themselves. Even if they didn't intentionally put the
message in there, all it would take is for someone to decide that interest had faded a bit in the song and then they could place a mole somewhere on
the Net or something and have them start spreading the rumor.
It's not unlike when the movie Three Men and a Baby was rereleased on video. This was right around the time that a rumor spread about there being an
actual ghost captured on the film! A lot of people thought the company spread the rumor themselves, as to generate interest in the film and generate
some fresh buys. The reality was, it wasn't a ghost at all, but rather a cardboard cutout of Ted Danson stuck behind a curtain that created a spooky
You can read about that whole story by clicking here...
anyways... that's my take.