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The Best Hoaxes in Music History

on May 03, 2013, 12:01am
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Hoaxes: We’ve all fallen for them at one point or another. As technology gets smarter, society moves faster, and the industry burns brighter, seeking substantial facts becomes irksome and timely, so much so that few souls ever really try anymore. Instead, double checking for many is consulting another site or Twitter handle, leaving the thread to sources short, thin, and likely intangible.

For the entertainment industry, hoaxes have always existed — after all, everyone wants a good laugh — they’ve just become more complicated and harder to distinguish, which means countless troublemakers are cackling these days.

Consequence of Sound isn’t afraid to admit we’ve fallen for a few of them, even despite our best efforts. With that in mind, we thought we’d vent some by compiling a list of the best hoaxes in music history. Some are ancient, while others were scripted as recent as a week ago.

Enjoy — with a smirk.

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May 17, 2014 at 7:02 am

Greetings! Very useful advice within this post! It’s the little
changes that make the biggest changes. Many thanks for sharing!

Justin Pritchard
May 12, 2013 at 4:38 pm

a bit surprised the whole Joaquin Phoenix-turned-rapper hoax that turned out to be “I’m Still Here” wasn’t somewhere on this.

May 7, 2013 at 5:04 pm

That song by Christopher Stoba is GORGEOUS. That guy needs to start baking records instead of cookies. Good Lord.

May 3, 2013 at 8:49 pm

Zombies had a fake band tour under their name including a TV appearance. The real band broke up before the chart success of “Time of the Season” single.

Moby’s relation to the author of Moby Dick(they both share the surname of Melville) is a “hoax” he’s never been called out on beyond his half apology that his parents could spin some yarns.

The Rod Stewart semen swallowing and Stevie Nicks cocaine enama stories are also classics.

Jim Hofmann
May 3, 2013 at 2:58 pm

The 1977 Klaatu as the Beatles was the greatest musical hoax of that time – I’m surprised it did not make your list… although it started as more of a rumor, their record company (Capitol) fanned the fires by putting out ambiguously worded press releases.

BJ Nutter
May 3, 2013 at 12:34 am

It was putting ketchup in the fridge pleb,


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