Every generation has a song or two that caused a “bit of a ripple” upon its release. Way back when, in the 1950s, many felt that Elvis and his swinging hips was the work of the devil. By the time the 1980s was upon us, many genuinely believed the devil re
Get Back The Beatles
Although the lyrics of The Beatles’ hit “Get Back” are said by some to be about getting back to your inner child and inner peace, others believe that the tune is a covert attack on immigration in the United Kingdom. While there is little, if any, foundation for the claims, particularly as The Beatles embraced many different cultures and overall diversity, it still pops up every now and then in conspiracy discussions—usually right alongside the one where the “real” Paul McCartney died in 1966 but the band covered it up.
There were alternative versions of the song recorded, which did indeed offer more direct references to immigration to the United Kingdom. However, these satirical lyrics were written very much as a condemnation of racist and xenophobic attitudes.
Better By You, Better Than Me Judas Priest
When two young men (James Vance and Ray Belknap) attempted suicide in 1985—one of them succeeding—the parents of the surviving boy (Vance) claimed the song “Better By You, Better Than Me” was to blame, and the band had intentionally placed subliminal messages within the song to encourage such action.
The trial lasted several days before being dismissed from court. Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford stated to the press following the case being thrown out that had the band placed any messages in their songs, it would be to buy more of their records as opposed to suicide.
Incidentally, Vance did succeed in committing suicide in 1988, when he intentionally overdosed on painkillers.