In the early 1980s at the tender age of 11, I was exposed to Jacob Aranza's Backward Masking Unmasked thanks to an older brother of mine who had just graduated from Rhema Bible College in Tusla, OK. He received his Associates in Jesus, an A. J. as I like to sometimes kid him, in 1983 and became a youth pastor at the local Assembly of God Church.
Because he didn't earn that much money from the church, he lived at home. This blessing afforded me the opportunity to be exposed to many inspirational pamplets and cassette tapes that incorporated a message of hope and eternal life while invoking the flames of hell, eternal damnation, the arrival of the anti-Christ, the prophecies of Revelations, and oozing sores in your groin region. Because of my brother's influence - I must have asked Jesus into my heart about 12 times before I became a horny teenager - I told everyone at my elementary school playground that rock-and-roll music was the work of the devil. As it turned out, everyone laughed at me and I didn't have many friends thereafter. During this period of lonliness, I became more deeply involved with God's machinations and his "plan" for my life.
Enter Jacob Aranza and his faux talk show, Backward Masking Unmasked, recorded on a cassette tape, available at any Zondervan Christian Bookstore in 1984. I have fond memories of listening to John Lennon sing "turn me on dead man" while playing Revolution #9 backwards. And let's not forget "my sweet satan" from Led Zepplin's Stairway to Heaven, and Queen's "let's smoke marijuana" when Another One Bites the Dust is played backwards. Wow, I miss all that kitschy Christian evangelical paranoia from the 1980s! Man, today's 21st Century Evangelical Christian has forgotten what it's like to party!
Has anyone else heard of this cassette tape? If so, why don't you share your memories with us? Also, if anyone has this cassette tape, I will gladly buy it from you. I yearn to hear that thing again!!