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The song appeared on the album Spooky Two and was composed by keyboardist Gary Wright. Ina cover version by heavy metal band Judas Priest was the subject of a much-publicized "subliminal message trial". The lawsuit alleged that the band's recording contained hidden messages which were responsible for influencing a pair of young men in SparksNevadato make a suicide pact in The case was eventually dismissed.
The song was a last-minute addition to the album when CBS Records insisted on including another more commercial track to liven up a record with which a majority of the songs have a very dark and sinister undertone. It was recorded in a separate session with James Guthrie, as Dennis MacKay had moved on to other projects and was no longer available. The band was reportedly impressed with the production Guthrie did on "Better by You, Better than Me", as it stood out in comparison to the overly thin, flat sound that had plagued their albums up to this point; they would ask him to produce their next album, Killing Machine.
In the middle ofJudas Priest were involved in a civil action that alleged they were responsible for the suicide attempts of year-old James Vance and year-old Ray Belknap in RenoNevada, US. Belknap placed a gauge shotgun under his own chin and proceeded to fire the weapon, dying instantly.
Vance followed, but survived the self-inflicted gunshot wound with a severely disfigured face. He died three Better By You later after an overdose of methadone administered by hospital staff. Vance's parents and their legal team, headed by Nevada attorney Ken McKenna, subsequently alleged that a subliminal message of "do it" had been included in Communar - Mi Muchila - Communar song.
They alleged the command in the song triggered the suicide attempt. Timothy Moore, who Сахалин - Олег Митяев - Российские Барды. Том 14 on Judas Priest's behalf, stated that the plaintiffs led by McKenna achieved "a major victory in getting the case to trial in the first place;"  The case was dismissed, with the finding that Better Than Me - Judas Priest - This Is Judas Priest - The Greatest Hits subliminal messages within the recording, should they actually exist, were not responsible for the suicides.
One of the defense witnesses, Dr Timothy E. Moore, later chronicled the trial in an article for Skeptical Inquirer magazine. Judas Better By You. Regarding the plaintiffs' assertions that the statement "do it" was a command to commit suicide, Halford pointed out that the phrase "do it" had no direct message to do anything in particular.
Comedian Bill Hicks referred to the case in his stand-up routines, asking "What performer wants his audience dead? From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Skeptical Inquirer. Retrieved 18 November Archived from the original on 1 October Archived from the original on 6 February Judas Priest".
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