The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper's Inner Groove

Posted in The Beatles, Youtube Favs on February 28th, 2011 by Willie

As part 11 of my youtube favorites rolls on, we reach the slightly stranger section of my favorites list.  From here on out you’re gonna see more odd videos like this “peppered” in with the more traditional music videos and performances.  This is a video someone made of an original Sgt. Pepper vinyl’s inner groove.  Now for those who don’t know, as a bit of a prank, the Beatles included a groove of hidden music at the very end of the vinyl, on side two, that would play on infinitely.  Well, that is if you have an older record machine that didn’t reset the needle when it reached the end of the groove.  Most people know this groove from their Sgt. Pepper CDs, which just include a snippet of the groove that lasts about 30 seconds. Perhaps the funniest thing about the groove is how the Beatles included a high pitched dog whistle that humans can’t hear, hoping to send the world’s canine population into a frenzy when the record ended.    Anyway, the “music,” is a  bizarre backwards abstract kaleidoscope of psychedelic noise.  You can hear the Beatles shout something, but what?  Well, if you play the groove forwards, it sounds like Paul is saying, “never could be any other way,” but played backwards, it sounds like, “We’ll fuck you like you’re Superman!”  Hmm, legend has it the Beatles had no idea their groove blasted out such a hilarious message until Paul let some Beatle fans in his house where they proved it to him.  Whether he made good on the promise presented in the groove is unclear.

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