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Subliminal message: Def Leppard's "Love Bites"…?

I recently heard Def Leppard’s ballad “Love Bites” and was reminded how peers and I conversed on its somewhat controversial ending. As the song draws to a close, a mechanical voice speaks, as it in various parts of the song. There is speculation that the last spoken words are “Jesus of Nazareth, go to hell.” My question is, would such a message change your opinion of the band? Why would a message even perceived as such be in a song whose message is so dissimilar? What do bands try to accomplish with subliminal messages?


  1. The message at the end of that song is “Watch out…Love Bites.” If you listen to it carefully, you’ll hear it clear as day.

  2. I think this just goes to show you how easily the mind can hear what it wants to when a zealot is looking for something. There are people throughout the religious world playing record albums forward and backward just hoping to find something. If given enough imagination go can hear anything you want.
    It’s a song, I can’t believe any main stream rock band would intentionally put in something like. While there are groups out there that might do some controversial things I don’t believe this is one of them. I just happened to see Def Leppard live last night and while a few might have been a bit freaky looking the general audience seems rather normal people not a bunch of Jesus haters. Just get over yourself.

  3. its already been proven that there is no “subliminal mesage” in that song or any of there others simply put a band has no point in betraying their fans with subliminal messages

  4. First of all, I don’t think there’s a subliminal message there, as 1) if there were, you wouldn’t know about it (by definition), and 2) there’s no real evidence that subliminal messages work. If there were such a message as you describe, it would probably cause my opinion of the band to improve slightly, as it would show some cleverness and sophistication beyond the crap that you can actually hear in their music.

  5. Oh man! I remember that rumor from grade school! I loved that song (still do) and a classmate of mine told me that story ages ago. If you think it in your head while the voice is saying that, it does sound like it. But it isn’t. No, it would not change my opinion of the band. I love DL, I just saw them for the fourth time last weekend. I don’t take things too seriously anyway. That’s for crazy religious fanatics to take everything so literal.
    And this is wikipedia’s explanation of the ending:
    A popular rumor about the song concerns the final seconds. After the line “If you got love in your sights, Watch out, Love Bites”, what is seemingly heard is “Jesus of Nazareth, Go to Hell” . This rumor has been refuted by the band, most notably on a Hysteria documentary. The line is in fact producer Mutt Lange rambling in a Yorkshire accent, to the effect of “Yes it does, Bloody Hell”, with the aid of a vocoder.

  6. I have always heard this….im still not sure if it says it or not. But if it does….yes, i would change my opinion on the band. That would be a malicious attack on someones religion. Whether you are a follower of Jesus or not, that isn’t something that a decent person would do. …..Just an opinion, take it or leave it!


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