Friday, February 26, 2010

Conspiracy Theory - And Goosebumps Of The Day


I remember when I was younger. There was nothing like sitting around with the guys, eating bacon sandwiches and playing every record we could backwards. Always hoping for some Satanic verse and more often than not just ending up with a scratched record that was no longer playable. I don't know what we expected, but we had heard so many cool things happened when you did it, yet nothing ever did. Well, it turns out we were looking at all the wrong kinds of albums. Instead of Black Sabbath records we should have been putting on Carly Simon. It seems that Carly Simon left a clue as to who You're So Vain is about. I had always thought it was James Taylor or Warren Beatty. Nope. It turns out it might be David Geffen who was the head of Carly's label at the time and has been called vain and a bunch of other words in his life. If you play the song backwards, there appears to be a voice that says David twice. I will let you listen. It is also sure to give you goosebumps and make you think of Sixth Sense. Click here and make sure you listen to all 37 seconds.

27 comments:

Syd said...

That is so fucking creepy!!

Apple said...

Her fame has waned and this is the only thing people were ever really interested in knowing.

She is smart to reveal it to get interest in her again. She has a greatest hits album coming out next week.

IF that is a true reveal or just another concotion of hearing what you want to hear playing something backwards.

Carly has not publicly admitted it to being David. Just the tabloids running with it.

West End Girl said...

Ewww that's not right.

ktheletter said...

I should not have listened to that while I was alone.

Island Girl said...

That was really creepy....now does anyone actually own the record so we can confirm that this is on the original recording?

selenakyle said...

Wheeeewwwww!

*shivers and shudders*

That was creepy as hell.

Stardust said...

So um...David Geffen - he's fully out of the closet. Did he do Carly because she looks like Mick Jagger?

sandman said...

didn't somebody bid on finding the name awhile back for charity or something?

Katja said...

I'm sorry but that whole playing records backwards deal is really f'n ing stupid. AND it is another clue (in my mind) that enty was a teen in the 70's early 80's. Or should I say, someone on Team Enty was....

I love Carly Simon btw so I'm glad to hear that she has a new CD. But I don't believe that is her saying that creepy 'David'.

Jamie's Girl said...

Warren Beatty is PISSED TODAY! We are still have the dream that it is Warren, and not Batshit Crazy Fagola Geffen.

nunaurbiz said...

Wikipedia (and we know how accurate it is) now says it is Geffen:
On Feb 26, 2010 Mark and Brian [KLOS LA morning show hosts] said according to a rather creepy backwards-whispered "David" -- as incorporated into a re-recorded version of the 1972 hit on her latest album 'Never Been Gone', released in the UK next week (March 2010) -- it's Simon's former Elektra boss David Geffen. Supposedly, the singer resented the record exec for the attention he lavished on Elektra/Asylum label-mate Joni Mitchell.

Dick Ebersol won the auction that revealed the identity.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You%27re_So_Vain

nunaurbiz said...

From Carly's webpage about the mystery man (if she's not kidding around, it would eliminate Geffen):



CNN - People In The News - 2004

Paula Zahn : Long ago, you once admitted that it could potentially be a composite of a number of men that were dear to you in your life. Whether that be Mick Jagger, Warren Beatty or maybe even a little bit of James Taylor in there?

Carly: Well, I guess for those who are interested in clues - the name of the person it was about had an "E" in it.

PZ: Oh, well thank you...that's very helpful Carly. That could be Mick, Warren or James. We still have the same three in the pot.

Carly: Maybe I could disclose another letter. OK, it also has an "A".

PZ: (Laughter) Ok, we'll be asking you about this for the next thirty years.

Carly: Well listen, two vowels ain't bad!

Regis & Kelly - 2004

Regis : Isnt' it time for you to tell the world - who's the guy you're singing about? Is it Warren Beatty? Is it Mick Jagger? Or is it me? Tell us!

Carly: If I tell it, it's going to come out in dribs and drabs. And I've given out two letters already, and "A" and an "E". But I'm going to add one to it. I'm going to add an "R", in honor of you.

califblondy said...

"R"???? Must be Warren.

RocketQueen said...

Jeez - can we refrain from using the word "fagola"? It made me cringe.

Little Miss Smoke and Mirrors said...

http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2010/02/david-geffen-was-right-in-thinking-this-song-was-about-him.html

A couple facts from someone old enough to remember.

- Geffen dated women back in the day. (Remember his relationship with Cher?) Whether he was out to the industry is not clear to me as I was a teenager and we didn't have sites like CDAN to keep track of who was bearding. The public didn't know he was gay until much later.

- According to the Vanity Fair article, though, this is about a professional conflict in that Geffen promoted and developed Joni Mitchell over Carly. Joni and Carly were INTENSE rivals back then, Joni had an affair with James and was considered the critical darling of the set.

- The recording at the Sun that ENT directs us to is not the original recording. Late last year, Carly released an album called Never Been Gone which is an an acoustic rearrangement of her hits.

God, I'm old.

Delta Sierra said...

Wasn't David Bowie a contender at the time?

Mooshki said...

Creepy!!!

Melody the First said...

All I hear is "Cranberry Sauce".

nunaurbiz said...

Carly has confirmed that it's David Geffen and that she did do the whisper. The song is on her new album.

http://music.msn.com/music/article.aspx?news=485058

Kelli said...

yea but where does the R come in then? or was she kidding about that?

Daisy Chain said...

Oh, she's good. If their name includes the letters A, E and R, it could be Mick, Warren or James based on their full names. So she gave nothing away. Smart girl.

MCH said...

Wow. Wow. Wow.

First of all, when I listened to that my skin crawled and I screamed "Oh My God." haha. She could have whispered "I like unicorns" and it would have freaked me out!

Secondly, I have been wondering about this ever since I bought my first Carly Simon album, so THANK YOU Enty for posting it today!!!

This is like when they solved the mysteries on Unsolved Mysteries. Creepy but yet you feel fulfilled for knowing the ending. :)

Selock said...

How very Taylor Swift.

Apple said...

to those above asking about the R.

David LawRence Geffen is his full name.

A,E,R

She was on Howard Stern in 2008 and she in a private room off mic told him who it was. She said when people find out it will be a let down. Howard never said who it was.

But I think we can file this one in solved. If you read the lyrics in a diffrent light it makes more sense.

Katja said...

Does anyone else remember when Cher dated David Geffen? Yes, it's true I began reading gossip at birth. It's sad really, lol!

Henriette said...

I do not think she has totally confirmed this. My heart is still set on Warren Beatty. sigh.

nancer said...

i had heard geffen's name come up many times over the years. fits to me. the song is about a very arrogant person---it's not about her being involved with that person.

the story about jealousy over joni mitchell makes total sense to me.