WFMU's Beware of the Blog has posted 37 (!) different versions of Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven (here). Missing from the list? An incredible backwards version sung by Dutchman Jeroen Offerman who explains:
"My parents are Jehovah's Witnesses and so I had a very strict Christian upbringing. There was a suspicion of rock and pop music, and some music, Led Zeppelin in particular, was branded downright evil. The rumor was that if you played Stairway to Heaven in reverse you could hear messages that would urge you to follow the devil's path. Supposedly even if you listened to the music in a normal manner you would subconsciously pick up these messages and act accordingly. In my early teens, I destroyed some music that I thought I shouldn't listen to or have at home. Stairway to Heaven was a difficult one for my friends and me. We thought the song and the lyrics were so utterly beautiful and yet we couldn't listen to it out of fear of what could happen to us if we did. That's the tension I felt by listening to this record: a teenage attraction to something dangerously beautiful. I am still intrigued how these myths are created and the effect they can have. So I started to learn to sing the song and its lyrics in reverse. After three months the job was done. I went up to the steps outside Saint Paul's Cathedral in London and performed it for an audience of confused passers-by, pigeons, and a video camera. Back home I reversed the tape and put a karaoke track underneath."
UPDATE: I've been asked to remove this video by it's creator:
Although I appreciate you liking my video, I definetely do not appreciate the fact that you put it out there on the web. So could you please remove it from your blog. If you would like to show something of it then please show a 30seconds clip only, like I did on my own website.Here's the link to his clip:Wholphin:Yours, Jeroen Offerman