GETTING MORE TALE #584: Fake News
Fake news is not recent. Fake news has been around as long as there were people! Here is a list of fake news stories from the Record Store days.
- Record Store Tales Part 194: Marilyn Manson’s Ribs
In the mid 90s, many people actually believed that Marilyn Manson had his bottom ribs removed so he could bend over and blow himself.
- Record Store Tales Part 114: Albums that Don’t Exist
From the same time period, word had spread that all five Backstreet Boys released solo albums on the same day, and that “Walmart has them.”
- Record Store Tales Part 162: “Is it out in Toronto?”
Bafflingly, and for many many years, people believed that Toronto got album releases before anywhere else in Canada. As if albums were delivered by the Pony Express.
- Getting More Tale #365: SuperShadow
Levels of hoaxes so complex it’ll make your head spin. SuperShadow was a supposed Star Wars inside informant who leaked prequel plots and characters. He was a notoriously hated spreader of fake Star Wars news, but the layers of intrigue here go down to all the way to…me…who posed on MySpace as a “fake” SuperShadow, in hopes of smoking out the real one. Fake news of fake news!
- Finally my favourite – Record Store Tales Part 285: Chinese Democracy
In an interview with Slash published in the March/April 1994 issue of M.E.A.T Magazine, the guitarist claimed the next Guns N’ Roses album would be out the following summer of 1995. Heh. Won’t get fooled again?
There are of course many “fake news” stories through the history of rock and roll. “Paul is dead.” “2 Pac is alive.” “There are two Nikki Sixx’s.” “Joey Tempest is a demon.” What are your favourites?