Have you ever been snookered into believing something only to be disappointed in finding out what you have been lead to believe was in fact a farce?
That was the topic of discussion on the radio yesterday. Now, depending on how you grew up there were the normal lies like Santa, the Tooth Fairy and of course the Easter Bunny that you were duped into believing. Most of us got the hint fairly quickly that they were lies, especially since we did not have a chimney when I was growing up. I’d doubt that Santa would pick the lock to our apartment to drop off his bounty of gifts. In the neighborhood we lived in, he’d have been shot on sight and fed to the Doberman across the hall from us if that were the case. Then we’d be branded as bad kids… Or worse yet, there’d be an evil Santa.
Anyhoo, there were quite a few things in my life which shocked me when I found out they factual.
I LOVED listening to the radio when I was a kid. It was mostly Latin music of course since I couldn’t speak a drop of English before the age of 3-4. However, up until about I was 5 or so, I had always thought that the band were playing live on the radio stations. Then, while listening to some pop music on something like 95.5, my friend’s dad switched stations and I also heard it on another station as well. Perplexed, I asked his dad how the bands could be playing the same song within such a close amount of time and in different areas. See, I knew radio stations were in different areas of the world, but that’s as far as my Sesame Street knowledge took me back then.
He looked at me like I had seven heads and started chuckling to himself when he realized what I was asking him. Of course, he then explained to me how DJ’s played records on the air and all of that jazz and suddenly it all made sense. 😉
Another item of truthful disappointment for me was when I realized that the artists in music videos really weren’t playing their instruments or singing. I forgot which video I saw that made me realize this, but something tells’ me it’s one of them Flock of Seagulls videos. Most probably, “I Ran.”
However, I’d have to say that the most disappointing falsehood I thought was truth involves one of the biggest rock bands of the world and their most kick-ass album. I actually learned this while watching a VH1 special about the Ultimate Albums of all time a few weeks ago.
It turns out that Kiss’s Double Live album, which was actually one of the very first that I owned, was not completely live…
To this day, rampant controversy surrounds the Kiss Alive! recording with reports that a large portion of the record was recreated in the studio. The band finally comes clean in this episode of Ultimate Albums, admitting that portions of it were re-dubbed and re-mixed, to perfect its over the top live sound.
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