When I was a kid, music was made by superheroes. Many of them only appeared as stick figures in an arena but it was the music and the performance that made them larger than life. Albums were pressed on vinyl back then and there were usually added bonuses with the records – like full pull out posters, unreleased singles, liner notes from the band and lyrics so that you could sing along. To my parents, the rock stars were more than men, they were far more sinister. They were devil worshippers, blood-spitting antichrists and evil incarnate.
There were countless times I was sat down by my local pastor and he would speak to me about listening to bands like Black Sabbath, AC/DC, STYX, RUSH, and KISS.
Each band had something to do with the devil. I was told that KISS was an acronym for ‘KNIGHTS IN SATAN’S SERVICE’ and when I called him on the nonsense say on that none of the band has said this to be true, he countered with “Isn’t Satan the father of all lies and wasn’t it a KISS that betrayed Jesus?”
I couldn’t even listen to a Led Zeppelin album without being told that listening to it backwards would give you a secret satanic message. I tried it on “Stairway to Heaven” and it did have a satanic message that sounded like “Here’s to my sweet Satan.” I was also told that holding the album covert of Led Zeppelin IV to a mirror would create the face of Satan in the rocks.
This type of rumors about album covers was also said about the Beatles ‘Abbey Road’, The Eagles ‘Hotel California’ and Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’. The rumor about ‘Thriller’ was that the UPC code on the cover of ‘Thriller’ was actually Michael Jackson’s Telephone Number. People would use a California area code to try and call ‘Neverland Ranch’. What they got instead was a beauty salon.
The Eagles ‘Hotel California’ album and the ‘Abbey Road’ album were designed by a colleague of mine named John Kosh. The rumors about the albums, according to Kosh, are that on the ‘Hotel California’ album what you are seeing is the Beverly Hills Hotel.
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