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!