Show-businesses is positively rife with tall tales of studio
hauntings, cursed actors and roles that cause considerable harm to those who
undertake them. The music industry is no different. As a medium often steered
by those with either a lofty imagination or a taste for hard drugs, music is
home to bizarre urban legends of its own, some of which are more
interesting than the singers and songs they accompany.
Thanks to strained relationships with government bodies,
concerned parent groups and censorship activists, rock & roll and
everything in between has often struggled to gain the trust of the public, and
various bands and singers have occasionally seen their otherwise good(ish) names besmirched by false rumours and myths that still persist to this day.
cases, the artists themselves have drummed up hyperbolic claims pertaining to
the unholy or unnatural properties of their songs, claims that have then taken
on a life of their own.
From Faustian tales of Devilish deals to tragically ironic
car crashes and back-masked subliminal messages, some of history’s timeless
tunes have been followed by downright spooky legends.
They aren’t all true, but
their mere existence is enough to give you pause, the next time you go to hit ‘play’…
Liam is a writer and cranberry juice drinker from Lincolnshire. When he's not wearing his eyes away in front of a computer, he plays the melodica for a semi wrestling-themed folk-punk band called School Trips.