Cryptic Messages about New York Knicks Discovered While Playing Beatles’ Revolver Album Backwards
Phenomenon Also Occurs When Playing Anything by Usher
Boy, you’ve been a naughty girl – you let your Knickerbockers down. George Sod discovered the hidden Beatles message about the New York Knicks while playing his 1966 vinyl recording of Revolver on this turntable.
Here is the audio clip of the nine seconds in question from the Beatles song Tomorrow Never Knows. The first nine seconds is the section of the song played forward at normal speed. It is followed by the same section played backwards. Listen carefully for the cryptic Knicks message.
YONKERS, NY (Sportsman’s Daily Wire Service) For over forty years, people have searched for hidden messages on rock albums. With the advent of the digital music age, the interest in dusting off vinyl records and finding a turntable to play them on, let alone hunting for something meaningful through backwards masking, has waned.
Try telling that to 52 year old New York Knicks fan George Sod of Yonkers, New York. The self described audiophile recently put aside his mp3 player and decided to give his 1966 vinyl copy of The Beatles’ classic Revolver a spin for old time’s sake. Nestled between the pops and scratches came a startling revelation. While listening to the John Lennon penned psychedelic, acid-tinged masterpiece, Tomorrow Never Knows, Sod claims he distinctly heard George Harrison’s voice say “Knicks blow chunks” followed by the even more obscure “Georgie saw a crime in Maddy’s garden.”
The latter reference perhaps suggesting George Harrison had witnessed a game at Madison Square Garden, and maintained the Knicks played so poorly it was criminal.
“I went back and listened a dozen times and there’s no question,” said Sod. “The messages are clear. It was a crushing experience for me because I love the Beatles – but the Knicks have been my favorite team since the mid-60’s, so I’m at a crossroads.”
It seems odd, even fantastic, that Harrison, an Englishman, would have had an interest in an NBA team. Calls to the offices of surviving Beatles’ Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr went unanswered.
Sod’s nineteen year old son Mark says that the phenomenon is not exclusive to the Beatles. He asserts nearly every track by American R&B singer/actor Usher has a spiteful Knicks reference to it if listened to carefully. “Usher’s a straight up dude, but this is pretty critical stuff,” said the younger Sod. “He’s all ‘Motherfuckin’ Knicks’ this, ‘Motherfuckin’ Knicks’ that – I wouldn’t exactly say Usher is trying to speak in some kind of code. It’s pretty blatant.”
It’s noteworthy to point out that Usher is a part owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
But it’s the Revolver messages that have turned both the music and sports worlds on their collective ear since George Sod’s discovery on Monday.
Beatles historian Clive Wellerlane says the stunt has the signature of the Beatles’ late, enigmatic leader.
“This has John Lennon written all over it,” said Wellerlane. “Whenever John could get off a good one on his doting American fans, he did it. He relished in driving them crazy. I’m sure he put George up to it.”
Wellerlane noted that the year after Revolver was released, the Knicks began to turn their fortunes around and started a streak of several consecutive years where they made the post-season, including two NBA championships.
“There was of course a cosmic magic to the Beatles, there’s no denying it,” added Wellerlane. “It’s quite possible their karma had a direct correlation to the team’s winning ways, along with some well placed perimeter shooting.”
Lennon, perhaps regretting he put the timid Harrison up to the prank as well as being too harsh on the Knicks, supposedly made good with the team’s fans on his 1973 album, Mind Games. When the album’s final track, Meat City, is played backwards at 45 revolutions per minute, Yoko Ono can be heard in the background saying “Clyde is such a dandy, dressed in Knickers eating candy” – an obvious reference to Walt “Clyde” Frazier’s stellar play in the 1973 NBA Finals.
“I don’t know anything about that,” said the elder Sod. “I gave my only copy to a girl I met at a King Crimson show in ’74, and I’m still waiting for the bitch to give it back.”
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