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Tommy's right-hand man

"Love Rollercoaster"

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Tommy's right-hand man

Have you noticed a creepy scream in the middle of the song "Love Rollercoaster" by the Ohio Players on Bounce Fm? It is a pretty low scream but you can still hear it and I know it is not supposed to be in there because it doesn't go with the tone of the song. Well I did some research with the song and the scream. And I found the following information:

 

When the Ohio Players were recording this song in the studio there was a photoshoot in another room in the same studio. A girl model was doing some pictures in the room. She was supposed to be covered in honey and she was supposed to be in a glass chamber for the pictures. But when she covered herself in honey and stepped inside the glass chamber something terrible happened. The glass was made out of Fiberglass and if Fiberglass and honey mix they create a substance similar to super glue. So when she stepped into the chamber her skin and the Fiberglass were stuck together. She came out alive out of the Fiberglass chamber but all of her skin was peeled off, her career as a model was over. She quit modeling and her manager had wasted a lot of money on the photoshoot, so he got enraged and went after her and stabbed her to death with a knife. That stabbing took place outside of the studio. The Ohio Players were recording their song "Love Rollercoaster" and accidentally recorded one of her screams. That is how it happened. This is a true story, if you want to hear the scream yourself go to Bounce Fm and listen to "Love Rollercoaster". It is a low-pitched scream you will definetly hear it. It sounds out of tune and seriously creepy.

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Greene

I never noticed the scream. That is pretty weird.

Im not doubting you but do you have a link by any chance?

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XxDarkxPsychicxX

I found a link: Urban Legends Reference Pages

The scream can also be heard here.

 

I've just heard it in the game, and it is very creepy. It's been found before, but I never noticed it. Nice find by the way. icon14.gif

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Greene

 

Origins: 

It's a metaphor: love as a roller coaster ride. Both involve their fair share of screaming, so when the Ohio Players recorded their 1975 hit "Love Rollercoaster," they naturally incorporated a real scream into the track. In the 1970s you couldn't just do Aieeeee! something like that simply because it made sense, though, so it wasn't long before wildly improbable stories about the origin of the scream began to circulate by word of mouth, aided by an army of disk jockeys eager to pass along a juicy (if apocryphal) anecdote.

 

The rumors that postulated the scream was a real one taken from an external source (a psychiatric hospital or 911 emergency tape) were the more plausible ones. Other explanations had the band recording in an apartment building (where a woman was conveniently murdered next door), microphones picking up the scream from a violent crime committed outside the recording studio (so much for that "soundproof studio" idea), or a band member stabbing his girlfriend (or a cleaning woman) to death in the studio as the tape rolled (presumably hoping to be the first person to simultaneously hit #1 on both the Billboard singles chart and the FBI's Most Wanted list).

 

The most outrageous rumor had to do with the cover of the album on which "Love Rollercoaster" appeared. Entitled Honey, the album's daring (for its time) outer cover featured a nude Playboy model lapping honey from a jar with a clear plastic spoon, while the inner gatefold sleeve pictured her covered with the sticky golden liquid.

 

Aieeeee!

 

According to the legend, the model was horribly burned by the honey (because it was heated to make it flow more freely) or suffered excruciating pain when it was removed (because it was actually a form of liquid plastic that took huge chunks of her skin with it when it was removed), and her screams of agony are what is heard on the finished product. (Apparently the Ohio Players were experimenting with rush record production techniques that had the recording of the album's music occurring in the studio simultaneous with the creation of the album's cover art.) A related version had the badly scarred model show up at the studio to demand compensation for her injuries just as the band was recording "Love Rollercoaster," and their manager deftly handled the situation by killing her on the spot.

 

In truth, the scream in question does seem a bit out of place: it's a feminine voice amidst a group of male singers, it's buried low in the mix, and it does sound like the cry of a woman in terror rather than that of a "thrilled-to-be-scared" amusement park customer. It's not hard to imagine how easily people receptive to rumor could be convinced that this sound didn't belong on the track, but had inadvertently slipped in.

 

The real source of the scream -- and the origins of the rumor -- were explained by Ohio Player Jimmy "Diamond" Williams:

 

    There is a part in the song where there's a breakdown. It's guitars and it's right before the second verse and Billy Beck does one of those inhaling-type screeches like Minnie Ripperton did to reach her high note or Mariah Carey does to go octaves above. The DJ made this crack and it swept the country. People were asking us, 'Did you kill this chick in the studio?' The band took a vow of silence because that makes you sell more records."

 

As Mr. Williams suggests, mystery and scandal is good for record sales and radio play, so why ruin a good thing by 'fessing up to the truth? Instead, take a "vow of silence" and watch the money roll in.

Problem solved biggrin.gif

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Mr. Hym.

Noone thought to make sure that the fiberglass was safe? (Although I bet they do now)

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Saget

It never came to me that it was a scream oO

I thought it was just some weird recording noise...

I'll probably have nightmares with it, no matter the source of the scream x(

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Origins: 

It's a metaphor: love as a roller coaster ride. Both involve their fair share of screaming, so when the Ohio Players recorded their 1975 hit "Love Rollercoaster," they naturally incorporated a real scream into the track. In the 1970s you couldn't just do Aieeeee! something like that simply because it made sense, though, so it wasn't long before wildly improbable stories about the origin of the scream began to circulate by word of mouth, aided by an army of disk jockeys eager to pass along a juicy (if apocryphal) anecdote.

 

The rumors that postulated the scream was a real one taken from an external source (a psychiatric hospital or 911 emergency tape) were the more plausible ones. Other explanations had the band recording in an apartment building (where a woman was conveniently murdered next door), microphones picking up the scream from a violent crime committed outside the recording studio (so much for that "soundproof studio" idea), or a band member stabbing his girlfriend (or a cleaning woman) to death in the studio as the tape rolled (presumably hoping to be the first person to simultaneously hit #1 on both the Billboard singles chart and the FBI's Most Wanted list).

 

The most outrageous rumor had to do with the cover of the album on which "Love Rollercoaster" appeared. Entitled Honey, the album's daring (for its time) outer cover featured a nude Playboy model lapping honey from a jar with a clear plastic spoon, while the inner gatefold sleeve pictured her covered with the sticky golden liquid.

 

Aieeeee!

 

According to the legend, the model was horribly burned by the honey (because it was heated to make it flow more freely) or suffered excruciating pain when it was removed (because it was actually a form of liquid plastic that took huge chunks of her skin with it when it was removed), and her screams of agony are what is heard on the finished product. (Apparently the Ohio Players were experimenting with rush record production techniques that had the recording of the album's music occurring in the studio simultaneous with the creation of the album's cover art.) A related version had the badly scarred model show up at the studio to demand compensation for her injuries just as the band was recording "Love Rollercoaster," and their manager deftly handled the situation by killing her on the spot.

 

In truth, the scream in question does seem a bit out of place: it's a feminine voice amidst a group of male singers, it's buried low in the mix, and it does sound like the cry of a woman in terror rather than that of a "thrilled-to-be-scared" amusement park customer. It's not hard to imagine how easily people receptive to rumor could be convinced that this sound didn't belong on the track, but had inadvertently slipped in.

 

The real source of the scream -- and the origins of the rumor -- were explained by Ohio Player Jimmy "Diamond" Williams:

 

    There is a part in the song where there's a breakdown. It's guitars and it's right before the second verse and Billy Beck does one of those inhaling-type screeches like Minnie Ripperton did to reach her high note or Mariah Carey does to go octaves above. The DJ made this crack and it swept the country. People were asking us, 'Did you kill this chick in the studio?' The band took a vow of silence because that makes you sell more records."

 

As Mr. Williams suggests, mystery and scandal is good for record sales and radio play, so why ruin a good thing by 'fessing up to the truth? Instead, take a "vow of silence" and watch the money roll in.

Problem solved biggrin.gif

But the scream seems very quiet in the song, if they wanted to incorperate a scream they would of made it a bit louder dont you think?

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Tommy's right-hand man

Yeah just like I said it is a very out of tone scream.

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spazmo

Not doubting you, but wouldn't they've taken her to the hospital if her skin peeled off instead of letting her manager stab her?

 

At what time in the song does it happen?

 

Good song tho, good drum fill at 24 seconds

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.:Alex:.

Wow... An actual murder that has now been recorded straight into grand theft auto..

 

It's very creepy indeed, and it's hard to believe (as in "get through to you") that someone is actually being killed...

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spazmo

On the link that XxDarkxPsychicxX gave, it said that the actual scream was from Billy Beck...

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AndyGanteks

that was soo creepy.I'm gonna check it out

 

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-/TNT\-

Creepy. High pitched voice, chilling scream. If she wasn't killed mayve the group could hire her for some vocals? dozingoff.gif

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Canoxa

Or maybe they could hire her to hide behind the amps and reproduce the scream live.

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Mixolydian

 

But the scream seems very quiet in the song, if they wanted to incorperate a scream they would of made it a bit louder dont you think?

 

You'd be surprised at how much stuff is in song recordings that you can't distinctly hear. It's very common to have certain things at a very low volume. Doing that creates a more full, rich, lush overall sound without stepping on the main musical ideas.

 

Another thing is that the band might have wanted a loud scream, but the producer didn't, or the person who mixed the song took matters into their own hands and mixed the scream track at low volume as an artistic choice, without even consulting the band.

 

Another surprising thing is how much of a band's work is actually out of their control. Sometimes nobody even tells a band that their songs are being re-mixed and re-released on greatest hits compilations and the like.

 

 

 

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MrRottweiler

I listened to the link above and the scream does sound very disturbing.

 

Just to clarify then, the scream was staged by the band and the story about a model being stabbed is just hear say that was allowed to snowball simply for commercial purposes?

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Tommy's right-hand man
Not doubting you, but wouldn't they've taken her to the hospital if her skin peeled off instead of letting her manager stab her?

 

At what time in the song does it happen?

 

 

Yeah that's what got me thinking too, and the scream happens toward the near end of the song.

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Greene
I listened to the link above and the scream does sound very disturbing.

 

Just to clarify then, the scream was staged by the band and the story about a model being stabbed is just hear say that was allowed to snowball simply for commercial purposes?

Yep, im pretty sure thats correct.

The band themselves admit that the scream was purposely incorporated into the song but rumours were created that it was the scream of a girl being stabbed. They just let it circulate because it boosted sales.

 

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AndyGanteks
I listened to the link above and the scream does sound very disturbing.

 

Just to clarify then, the scream was staged by the band and the story about a model being stabbed is just hear say that was allowed to snowball simply for commercial purposes?

Yep, im pretty sure thats correct.

The band themselves admit that the scream was purposely incorporated into the song but rumours were created that it was the scream of a girl being stabbed. They just let it circulate because it boosted sales.

truth or not the story is still creepy

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Tommy's right-hand man

Has anyone heard the scream on Bounce Fm yet?

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Greene

 

Has anyone heard the scream on Bounce Fm yet?

Yeah, I've heard it. But it doesn't really matter now as its been proven untrue by the band themselves.

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Tommy's right-hand man

Ya but still might as well have fun with it because it's still kind of creepy.

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