History Of A Joke

There is a hipster/record store employee joke that I have heard for several years now. I think it’s pretty funny- Michael Ian Black uses it thusly:

Q. What do you get if you play a Duran Duran album backwards?

A. A different, slightly better-sounding Duran Duran album.

I have also heard this joke applied to Interpol and Depeche Mode. Bill Hicks told it about New Kids On The Block. I knew it was old, but I didn’t realize how old until I ran across the following quote attributed to Thomas Alva Edison in a funny Blender article about the music industry’s biggest blunders:

“I always play jazz records backwards,” he sniffed. “They sound better that way.”

That joke isn’t just ancient, it’s EIGHTY! Happy Birthday, Joke!

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