Communication is a wonderful thing. The fact that we are able to articulate our thoughts and feelings into words, and that other people can process those words and then use their own words to respond is truly a marvel of nature.
But for some bands and artists, speaking plainly just isn’t enough. Whether it’s a secret message hidden right under your nose, or something more sinister buried deeper in the mix, there are loads of massive songs that have hidden layers to them you might not even realise.
Of course, a lot of these can’t be proven, and some merely come down to some good old fashioned internet-induced hysteria, but everywhere you look there are songs that have mysterious details and furtive oddities galore.
And spoiler alert, most of them are to do with Satan…
10. Franz Ferdinand - Michael
Rockstars, eh? All about excess and hedonism, aren’t they? Cocaine for breakfast, bathtubs full of caviar, Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference crumpets instead of regular old Warburtons, their’s is a life of gung-ho partying and mainlining adrenaline straight into the jugular, isn’t it? Well, not really. Aside from the fact that nobody in a band has made any money since 2005, it turns out that some of them have an altogether more sensitive side too.
Take Glaswegian art-rockers Franz Ferdinand, for instance. In their slightly homo-erotic indie-disco banger Michael, the band slip in a little ode to their mothers, and I bet you didn’t even notice, did you?
Between 1.35 and 1.39 on the track, if you play the whole thing backwards, you can hear a very distinct, monotone voice say: “She’s worried about you, call your mother”.
The story goes that bassist Bob Hardy used to get anxious about ringing his mam while the group were away from home, so they decided to drop in a little tip of the cap to Mrs. Hardy. Bless them.