THE MYSTERIOUS SONG (TIMELINE)
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Shown in the following timeline is a detailed and non-biased description of significant events related to The Mysterious Song Saga.
SEPTEMBER-NOVEMBER: British musicians Simon Brighton (guitar), Terry Welbourn (bass), Colin Hopkirk (vocals) and Nick Green (drummer) form the post-punk band Sinking Ships.
MARCH-MAY: Sinking Ships record a 7" double 'A' side single called ‘The Cinema Clock’. This single includes two songs titled 'The Cinema Clock' and 'Strangers'.
UNKNOWN DATE: The single ‘The Cinema Clock’ is released on 7” 45 RPM vinyl format by Dead Good Records.
UNKNOWN DATE(S): The Irish band Amuse disbands, leading to former Amuse band members Dave Clarke (drummer) and Shane O’ Neill (guitarist & vocalist) teaming up with musicians Declan Jones (bassists) and Eamonn Tynan (keyboardist & guitarist) to form the New Wave band Blue in Heaven.
UNKNOWN DATE(S): An unidentified post-punk band records and releases an unidentified song with a minimum duration of 2 minutes and 55 seconds. English lyricism is used throughout the song.
UNKNOWN DATE: A local Wilhelmshaven 14-year-old named Darius S records the unidentified post-punk song in its entirety in a mono format on a Technics HiFi-Jacket System K6. The recording’s source is possibly from a radio station broadcast.
UNKNOWN DATE: Darius rearranges the post-punk song on side 1 of a BASF Chromdioxid II 90 which is labelled as “Tape #4”. All songs recorded on the tape is listed on written paper. However, the song can’t be identified along with its creator(s).
UNKNOWN DATE: Blue in Heaven release their debut album “All the Gods' Men” on vinyl through Island Records. The 9-track album features the songs “The Big Beat” and “Old Ned” which are placed as the second and fourth track respectively on the album.
UNKNOWN DATE: Darius records a 1 minute and 56 second excerpt of “Old Ned” by Blue in Heaven. At the time of recording the song, he cannot identify the song’s title along with its creator(s). Due to the songs absence of identity, he nicknames the song as “Life Turns Inside Out”.
UNKNOWN DATE: Darius compiles a playlist consisting of all the songs he has recorded which cannot be identified calling it the “Unknown Pleasures” playlist in reference to the Joy Division album of the same name. Among this group of songs is the unknown song and “Life Turns Inside Out”.
UNKNOWN DATE: Darius digitizes songs from his “Unknown Pleasures” playlist. He saves the digitised collection on .aiff and .m4a files.
UNKNOWN DATE: Darius’ sister Lydia H gives Darius a website domain as a birthday present.
UNKNOWN DATE: Darius uses his domain name as a website to raise awareness of his “Unknown Pleasures” playlist which includes downloadable links for all songs. This will be the first known reference of the unknown song as well as “Life Turns Inside Out” on the internet.
18TH MARCH: Lydia decides to assist with her brother’s search for identifying the unknown song by taking the search to the internet by going under the username “bluuue” and alias name “Anton Riedel”. She would first post about the investigation on the usenet forums. A usenet user named “Andreas Eibach” recommends Lydia to continue her search on best-of-80s.de
. Lydia posts several comments of the search on the Best-of-80’s forums. She then makes a post on spiritofradio.ca
. In these various posts, she uploads an excerpt and full mp3 recording of the song. Lydia further describes that she might have heard the song during an NDR2 show called "Music for Young People" (Musik für junge Leute) around 13:30 (1:30pm). Furthermore, these posts allude that Lydia is from Bremen and her home radio station is Bremen4.
21ST MARCH: Reddit user “johnnymetoo” downloads the full recording of the song from Lydia’s usenet posts and stores the song on his HDD.
13TH JULY: Youtuber “eightiesrarities” uploads the song “Strangers” by Sinking Ships in the video “The Sinking Ships-Strangers.wmv”.
16TH APRIL: Youtuber “redoalfo” uploads the excerpt of the unknown song in the video “Unknown Song - Cancion Desconocida - Track Id”.
30TH APRIL: YouTube channel “dabunnymanPM” uploads the song “Old Ned” by Blue in Heaven in the video “Blue In Heaven Old Ned”.
21ST OCTOBER: User “lloren7” posts a comment about the unknown song onto the forocoches forums.
27TH AUGUST: The Subreddit Lostwave
5TH SEPTEMBER: YouTube channel “In Depth Music” uploads the video “Post Punk Mix ‘1980’”. A music sample playlist featuring post punk songs released in 1980. One of the songs featured in the playlist is “The Cinema Clock” by Sinking Ships.
UNKNOWN DATE: 14-year-old Brazilian student named Gabriel da Silva Vieira (aka Gabriel Vieira) starts his search for the unknown song by being informed about the unknown song by a friend named Nicolás Zúñiga from the Spanish independent record label Dead Wax Records.
UNKNOWN DATE: Gabriel downloads redoalfo’s excerpt copy of the unknown song from YouTube.
19TH JULY: Online user “azthriller” uploads a post on watzatsong.com with a 30 second excerpt of the unknown song.
20TH SEPTEMBER: Spanish record label “Dead Wax Records” uploads an excerpt of the unknown song to their YouTube channel.
22ND SEPTEMBER: Online user “EITron” uploads a post on watzatsong.com with a 30 second excerpt of the unknown song.
7TH APRIL: Gabriel uploads an excerpt of the unknown song to his YouTube channel in the video “THE MOST MYSTERIOUS SONG ON THE INTERNET!” The title of the video will be the first use of the now famous name coined for the unknown song.
19TH APRIL: Gabriel releases a 22-minute Vaporwave version of the mysterious song onto his Bandcamp profile “Colourx”.
20TH APRIL: Gabriel creates a Reddit profile named “gabgaskins” in hopes of spreading awareness of the mysterious song to a wider audience.
APRIL-JULY: Gabriel creates 44 posts in relation to the song on Reddit in the following subreddits:
[X5 POSTS REMOVED]
27TH MAY: Australian music journalist Tyler Jenke publishes the article “Can you help some internet sleuths identify a mysterious song?” onto Tone Deaf. The article centres on the overall hunt for the song’s origin and full recording.
23RD JUNE: The Scottish electronic music group “Boards of Canada” broadcasts a 2-hour long mixtape titled “Societas x Tape” on NTS Radio as part of Warp Records’ 30th anniversary celebration event.
Following the broadcast, Boards of Canada upload the full mixtape to Mega, Soundcloud and NTS Radio’s official website.
30TH JUNE: Gabriel creates the TheMysteriousSong
subreddit. He also makes a post called “Unknown Song (Like The Wind) Investigation” which covers all information about the song as of far.
JULY: Instagram user Bruno Kundo sends a direct message to YouTuber and musician Justin Whang explaining the search for the song as a recommended topic for Whang’s web series “Tales from the Internet”.
2ND JULY: Reddit user “newacountz” responds to “Unknown Song (Like The Wind) Investigation” saying he has found more posts made by Lydia in German music forums. He provides three links in his comment that proves his claim. During this time Lydia’s real name has not been uncovered. Meaning that users refer to her as Anton Riedel.
Newacountz creates another comment in “Unknown Song (Like The Wind) Investigation” identifying the "Music for young people" (Musik für junge Leute) DJ to be British radio presenter Paul Baskerville who likely may of broadcasted the song between 1982 to 1984.
3RD JULY: Gabriel Vieira attempts to contact Paul Baskerville via Facebook.
10TH JULY: Justin Whang releases the video “The Most Mysterious Song on the Internet - Tales from the Internet” on his YouTube Channel. The video covers the then current progress of the search.
Paul Baskerville responds to Gabriel saying he doesn’t know the song. Paul provides Gabriel an email address to a woman named “Baerbal” who archived Paul’s shows. Gabriel messages Babs.
Paul sends Gabriel another email saying he is on holiday and will aim to play the excerpt on his radio show once he gets back.
Reddit user “foreveranemptybliss” posts a thread on germany
titled “HELP US IDENTIFY THIS SONG!”. The post covers the general basis of the search and encouraging others to participate.
11TH JULY: Johnnymetoo discovers and responds to foreveranemptybliss’ post, stating how he contributed to the early wave of the search back in 2007 on the Usenet Forums.
Online users “Broinator”, “Dacoool” and “Fothbas” publish their interpretation of the song’s lyrics onto Genius.
12TH JULY: Johnnymetoo uploads the full version of the mysterious song on anonfiles and makes a post about it on TheMysteriousSong
. Gabriel uploads the full recording onto his YouTube channel in the video titled “THE MOST MYSTERIOUS SONG ON THE INTERNET - FULL VERSION FOUND!”.
Baerbal contacts Gabriel saying she has never heard the song and wishes him luck on his search.
14TH JULY: Gabriel releases his restored version of the song on TheMysteriousSong
Discord user Litronom makes a post on the Official “Most Mysterious Song on the Internet” discord server, providing a quoted translated excerpt of an old interview with Paul which he believes can determine that Paul would of sourced a lot of indie records as vinyl releases at local record stores like Unterm Durchschnitt. Meaning that the mysterious song would of most likely have been publicly released on vinyl.
17TH JULY: Gabriel is sent a message on reddit from a user claiming to know someone who had a German record label during the late 80s and would frequently send post-punk demo tapes for radio broadcasts. The user further explains to Gabriel that he would investigate the collection and send a tape to Gabriel that maybe of interest.
21ST JULY: Paul returns from his holiday and plays the mysterious song on his radio show “Nachtclub”. The public response to the song is mostly negative and provides no information.
22ND JULY: Paul contacts Gabriel saying he played the song on his radio show. Paul further states that responses from listeners suggests that Paul may have never actually played the song between 1982 to 1984 and that the song maybe the work of a hoax.
24TH JULY: Reddit user “Secone” posts a thread to TheMysteriousSong
titled “Relation to an unknown song on Boards of Canada?”. The post talks about the Societas x Tape Mixtape and its content including an unidentified track at 1 hour 22 minutes and 43 seconds which appears to have similar instrumentation and vocal styles to that of the Mysterious Song. Secone concludes that these songs maybe made by the same unknown band.
25TH JULY: Gabriel responds to Secone’s post with strong interest.
Gabriel uploads the unidentified Societas x Tape song to his YouTube channel.
26TH JULY: YouTuber “Richter Kraft” uploads the video “Paul Baskerville plays The Most Mysterious Song on the Internet” which features the full segment of the mysterious song on Paul Baskerville’s radio show Nachtclub.
28TH JULY: Reddit user “Emiliano9810” posts a thread to TheMysteriousSong
titled “We might be closer than ever!”. The post talks about a possible lead into the GEMA public archives which is run by the German music society Gesellschaft für musikalische Aufführungs- und mechanische Vervielfältigungsrechte (GEMA). The organisation archives all music played on all German radio stations since its establishment in 1933. Emiliano9810 further states that he has sent an email to GEMA and is waiting for a response.
31ST JULY: Members of The Most Mysterious Song on the Internet creates the Google Spreadsheet “List of Contacted/Investigated Bands, Labels, Persons, etc.” in order to maintain accuracy on current and ruled out leads on the search.
2ND AUGUST: A website named themysterioussong.com is launched with the Google Domain servers.
Justin Whang releases the follow-up video “The Most Mysterious Song on the Internet - Tales from the Internet UPDATE” on his YouTube Channel. The video covers the events following his previous video.
3RD AUGUST: Reddit user “Gene_Rottenberry” posts a thread to TheMysteriousSong
titled “My music-obsessed uncle may have solved the mystery! He also claims to have a copy of the record hidden somewhere among his massive collection”. The post states that after informing his uncle about the mysterious song, his uncle responds that the band behind the song was a German group named "Subigkeiten Jungs.". Many users theorise that the band’s name is supposed to be spelt as “Süßigkeiten Jung” (Candy Boys or Sweet Boys). Gene_Rottenberry further claims that his uncle was certain that he has a copy of the record featuring the mysterious song and that he "remembers that the album cover has a painting of a girl on it" and he will begin a search for the record. Many users begin to suspect that trolling is the motive for the post as information for Süßigkeiten Jung or other similarly named bands can’t be found online.
An official discord server is created for the mysterious song investigation.
Reddit user “HeartDessire” posts a thread to TheMysteriousSong
titled “Discord”. The thread simply provides a link to the discord server as well as a few sentences encouraging users to join the server.
5TH AUGUST: Gene_Rottenberry edits his post “My music-obsessed uncle may have solved the mystery! He also claims to have a copy of the record hidden somewhere among his massive collection” with an update stating that his Uncle found the record and attaches two images showing the front and back covers of the said record.
7TH AUGUST: Discord user “Tiiffi#6700” watches the YouTube video “Post Punk Mix ‘1980’” posted by the channel In Depth Music. Tiiffi#6700 notices that the 16TH track on the playlist (Sinking Ships - The Cinema Clock) holds a similar music style to that of the unidentified Societas x Tape song. On further investigation Tiiffi#6700 successfully identifies the Societas x Tape song as “Strangers” by Sinking Ships by finding the YouTube video “The Sinking Ships-Strangers.wmv”. Tiiffi#6700 posts his findings on the Official “Most Mysterious Song on the Internet” discord server.
Reddit user “cantfindthistune” posts a thread to TheMysteriousSong
titled “The ‘possibly related song’ has been SOLVED! Title is ‘Sinking Ships – Strangers’”. The posts briefly covers Tiiffi#6700’s discovery and a link to the YouTube video “The Sinking Ships-Strangers.wmv”
Reddit user “KoobTeraz” sends an email to Sinking Ships’ band member Terry Welbourn in hopes of confirming if the mysterious song was made by his band.
Reddit user “mariois64” sharpens the visuals of Gene_Rottenberry’s photo showing the back cover of the Süßigkeiten Jung album and reveals that the image is photoshopped. Mariois64 posts his findings to TheMysteriousSong
in a thread titled “I cleaned up this photo a tad and damn the photoshopping sits out like a sore thumb”. Moderators remove Gene_Rottenberry’s post soon after.
9TH AUGUST: Terry Welbourn responds to KoobTeraz’s email to confirm that Sinking Ships are not the creators of the mysterious song. KoobTeraz posts this response in the thread on TheMysteriousSong
titled “The Sinking Ships have been ruled out”.
12TH AUGUST: Gene_Rottenberry uploads a high-quality image of the Süßigkeiten Jung front album cover to fakealbumcovers
in the thread titled “Sußigkeiten Jungs (Candy Boys) - Ein”, further confirming the falsehood of his claims.
20TH AUGUST: The mysterious song is broadcasted on the German radio station Radio Eins, Paul is interviewed on the station, but no new information is gained from this broadcast.
Darius returns home from work at about 1:15pm (13:15) and decides to listen to Radio Eins’ broadcast of the mysterious song. He contacts Lydia to tell her what he has heard.
Lydia researches the current events on the investigation, finds Gabriel’s contact details and reaches out to him via Messenger. She discloses to him that she was the one behind the Anton Riedel account, her brother was the one to record the song in the 80’s and provides an image showing a playlist of Tape #4 Side 1 which includes the mysterious song. Gabriel posts Lydia’s message on the thread to TheMysteriousSong
titled “UPDATE AUGUST 20th, 2019”. Users on the thread are sceptical about her claims.
21ST AUGUST: Meme documentation website “Know Your Meme” creates a page for the mysterious song.
Lydia creates the reddit account bluuely in order to maintain contact with the community.
Lydia makes a comment on Gabriel’s post “UPDATE AUGUST 20th, 2019”. The comment details an in-depth explanation to her identity and promising to keep the community updated with more developments.
Lydia logs into her bluuue account on best-of-80s.de to prove her identity by responding to a private message.
25TH AUGUST: Lydia posts a thread to TheMysteriousSong
titled “Update 2 from Lydia”. This update thread provides in detail the history of Tape #4 which holds the recording of the mysterious song. Specifically, covering the type and model of the tape, the recording method Darius practices and the digitisation processes made by Darius in 2004. She further explains that he has no tape deck now and describes the previous model tape deck they once owned. In an edited section of the post she adds a brief description about the content of Tape #5. Various types of media are also attached to the thread like a download link to a .flac version of the mysterious song, images of Tape #4, promotional material for the Technics HiFi-Jacket System K6 and images of the full playlist sheet for Tape #5.
27TH AUGUST: Lydia posts a thread to TheMysteriousSong
titled “(Small) update 3 from Lydia”. This thread aims to briefly clarify the digitization file format process Darius had done in response to speculations of fake song files. She promises that she will post more updates soon.
29TH AUGUST: Lydia contacts Darius about an approach to digitizing the full length of Tape #4 Side 1. They both agree to contact a digitization company who specialises in the digitization of cassettes and vinyls.
Lydia posts a thread to TheMysteriousSong
titled “Update 4 from Lydia”. She briefly explains how she will approach the digitization process of Tape #4 Side 1. She further states that she will plan to bring her tape deck to Darius during her next visit if their initial digitization plan fails.
30TH AUGUST: Lydia gets in contact with Alke Lorenzen from Radio Eins. They consider doing an interview with Darius or herself, but then decide that it will be better to wait until the mystery is solved.
3RD SEPTEMBER: Lydia posts a thread to TheMysteriousSong
titled “Update 5 from Lydia (rather a small one)”. She briefly explains about the contact with Alike Lorenzen, the creation of a new email address for the search and a confirmation response from Paul in which he mostly broadcasted tracks from vinyl formats. Very rarely would he source songs from cassettes. However, the times he would play cassettes, he would usually first transfer them to a reel-to-reel tape.
7TH SEPTEMBER: The Munich-based tabloid “Tageszeitung” (Tz) publishes the article “80er-Song lässt Musik-Fans rätseln - Neuer Hinweis macht Hoffnung - Wer kann helfen?” (80's song lets puzzle music fans - New hint makes hope - who can help?) which covers the overall events, theorises and cultural impact related to the search. The article also features a written interview with Lydia.
German tabloid company “Hessische/Niedersächsische Allgemeine” (HNA) publishes TZ’s article “80er-Song lässt Musik-Fans rätseln - Neuer Hinweis macht Hoffnung - Wer kann helfen?” (80's song lets puzzle music fans - New hint makes hope - who can help?)” to their official website.
8TH SEPTEMBER: German internet journalist Christian Schiffer publishes his article “Internet ratlos: Wie heißt dieser Song?” (Internet at a loss: What's the name of this song?) on the German news outlet “BR24”. The article covers the general events of the search as well as theorises on the mysterious song’s lyrical value, origins and briefly covers the Subigkeiten Jungs hoax.
The official BR24 Facebook Page makes a post about Christian Schiffer’s article with a link to the article.
The Swiss daily newspaper outlet “20 Minuten” (20 Minutes) publishes the article “Wer kennt diesen mysteriösen Song?” (Who knows this mysterious song?). The article covers the general facts about the searches, mentions the Tz article and describes the false Antwon01 identity claim on Shazam.
9TH SEPTEMBER: Reddit user “antisocialfriend” contacts his Mum Sheila D in hopes of broadcasting the mysterious song on her radio show “Mix106.1FM WVNO Live” in Mansfield, Ohio. She responds to antisocialfriend’s message with approval. However, she can only play a portion of the song. Antisocialfriend publicly documents this conversation on TheMysteriousSong
in a thread titled “My mom is a DJ on a weekend 80’s radio show, she’s gonna play a clip on air”.
German Software Engineer Henning Uhle publishes a post on his blog titled “Like the Wind – Das Lied, das keiner kennt” (Like the Wind - The song nobody knows). The post details the general events and theorise of the song as well as Henning providing his own thoughts and opinions on the matter.
The Austrian daily news publisher “Der Standard” publishes the article titled “Mysterious song leaves the net desperate for years”. The article covers the overall events, traces and fakes that have arisen from the search.
German news publisher “Nau” publishes the article “Who knows this song?” written by German journalist Sven Würgler. The article covers the events of the search in a very basic detail.
German news publisher “Neon” publishes the article titled “Mysteriöser Song aus den 80ern: Niemand kann dieses Lied erkennen – du vielleicht?” (Mysterious song from the 80s: Nobody can recognize this song - you maybe?). The article covers the general events of the search.
10TH SEPTEMBER: The major German daily newspaper “Augsburger Allgemeine” publishes the article titled “Most Mysterious Song On The Internet": Spur führt nach Deutschland” ("Most Mysterious Song On The Internet": Track leads to Germany). The article provides a detailed look into the events of the search and provides their own interpretation of the mysterious song’s lyrics.
The online darkwave/gothic rock group “Spontis” publishes the article “The Most Mysterious Song – Wie die Suche nach dem geheimnisvollen Song aus den 80ern begann” (The Most Mysterious Song - How the search for the mysterious song from the 80s began) written by blogger and self-proclaimed “Wizard of Goth” Robert Forst. While the first few paragraphs of the article are written by Robert who describes the overview of the search, the remaining article is written by Darius himself who describes his personal search for the mysterious song in immense detail. This article would be Darius’ most descriptive statement on the search.
11TH SEPTEMBER: The German free-to-air television news channel “Welt” publishes the article titled “Wer kennt diesen Song aus den 80er-Jahren?” (Who knows this song from the 80s?) written by German reporter Viola Ulrich. The article covers a general overview of the search.
13TH SEPTEMBER: Sheila D confirms via direct messages that the song will be broadcasted to her radio show on 9:30pm (21:30) Saturday, 14TH September. Antisocialfriend documents the confirmation texts on TheMysteriousSong
in a thread titled “Update: My mom’s playing a clip of the song & talking about it on her radio show”.
14TH SEPTEMBER: Sheila D broadcasts the mysterious song on her radio show with co-host Mike Tyler as a pre-recorded segment.
YouTuber “Father Pucci” uploads the video “MIX 106.1 WVNO's Mike Tyler and Sheila D introduce "The Mysterious Song" on Weekend Flashback” which features the full pre-recorded segment with the mysterious song played and discussed.
Reddit user “deinterlacing” emails the staff at GEMA about the search. Deinterlacing gets a response from GEMA stating that the online archive is only the database’s excerpt. Deinterlacing posts a thread to TheMysteriousSong
titled “Confirmation that the online GEMA database is NOT comprehensive” which makes a quick note on the database excerpt discovery.
20TH SEPTEMBER: Deinterlacing attempts another enquiry email to GEMA about the search. GEMA responds back by saying that they unfortunately don’t have all recorded titles between 1982 to 1984.
21ST-22ND SEPTEMBER: Darius and Lydia digitize Tape #4 Side 1.
23RD SEPTEMBER: Lydia posts a thread to TheMysteriousSong
titled “Update 6 from Lydia - full tape recording”. In this thread she attaches 3 WeTransfer links to 1 .flac and 2 mp3 files of Tape #4 Side 1. She attaches the image of the playlist sheet of the recording and briefly explains the differences in volume for each song.
Reddit user “Adundiddlydooman” downloads and uploads the Tape #4 Side 1 recording to archive.org.
Lydia adds a section to her thread “Update 6 from Lydia - full tape recording” which mentions Adundiddlydooman’s efforts in archiving the Tape #4 side 1 recording.
24TH SEPTEMBER: American music media outlet Rolling Stone publishes an article titled “The Unsolved Case of the Most Mysterious Song on the Internet” written by American journalist David Browne. The article covers the events of the search in an in-depth manner while also gaining interviews with pivotal figures in the search like Darius, Lydia, Gabriel Vieira, Paul Baskerville and MKII.
Reddit user “wyspana” posts a thread to TheMysteriousSong
titled “[Offtopic] "Life turns inside out" - the other unid song”. The post briefly spreads the awareness for the search for “Old Ned” by Blue in Heaven. Since the song was still unidentified during this time, the song was still referred to as “Life Turns Inside Out”. Furthermore, wyspana attaches a link to an .mp3 file of the song.
25TH SEPTEMBER: Youtuber Joshua Montague uploads Darius’ except recording of “Old Ned” by Blue in Heaven in the video “Life Turns Inside Out - Mysterious '80s song”.
26TH SEPTEMBER: American media outlet PRI publishes the article and 11-minute podcast titled “What is 'The Most Mysterious Song on the Internet'?” which is produced by Sam Kim. The podcast marks the first time Lydia partakes in an audio interview.
27TH SEPTEMBER: German news publisher Zeit publishes the article “Wer kennt diesen Song?” (Who Knows this Song?) written by German journalist Ekkehard Knörer. The article covers the general historic overview of the search and makes a complementary reference to the Rolling Stone article “The Unsolved Case of the Most Mysterious Song on the Internet”.
29TH SEPTEMBER: Deinterlacing posts a thread to TheMysteriousSong
titled “Looks like GEMA may not even have TMMS in an internal database. More theories in comments”. The post contains an attached screenshot of Deinterlacing’s 20TH September email to GEMA as well as GEMA’s response.
3RD OCTOBER: YouTuber, Reddit user and writer C. W. Schultz posts a thread to Lostwave
titled “List of mysterious albums/songs - Lost or found”. His posts include a detailed list of songs and albums categorised as Lost, Found or of Unknown Origin. The list also provides links to music identification forums.
6TH OCTOBER: American news outlet The New York Times publishes the article “What to Cook This Week” which is written by food editor Sam Sifton. Although the article mainly discusses recommended dishes to cook for a weekly schedule, he briefly mentions the mysterious song when referencing the PRI article “What is 'The Most Mysterious Song on the Internet'?”.
8TH OCTOBER: American newspaper and entertainment website The AV Club publishes the article “Internet sleuths are trying to identify a mysterious, probably German song from an '80s radio broadcast” written by American writer and editor Reid McCarter. The article covers the general historic overview of the search.
9TH OCTOBER: Youtuber “Yoshimitsu Cáleon” uploads the video “LA CANCIÓN MÁS MISTERIOSA DE INTERNET | El enigma que nadie ha podido resolver” (THE MOST MYSTERIOUS INTERNET SONG | The enigma that nobody has been able to solve) which covers events and theorises of the search in a general overview.
21ST OCTOBER: C. W. Schultz uploads the video “Top 10 Most Mysterious Songs”. As stated in its title, the video explores the history and interest of 10 selected unidentified songs as well as some honourable mentions. The video includes “Old Ned” at #4 and the Mysterious Song at #1.
8TH NOVEMBER: Youtuber “IDIOKRATIJA” uploads the video “Najmisterioznija Pesma Na Internetu - Nerešen Slučaj” (The Most Mysterious Song On The Internet - An Unsolved Case) which covers events and theorises of the search in a general overview.
9TH NOVEMBER: Lydia posts a thread to TheMysteriousSong
titled “Update 7 from Lydia - Topic: the radio DJs”. The thread takes an in-depth look into all radio DJs who would have and not have hosted radio shows between 1982-1984.
10TH NOVEMBER: Reddit user “randomNinja64” posts a thread to TheMysteriousSong
titled “A Talk With A German Man From The 80s (Recent Anecdote)”. The threads details randomNinja64’s recent contact with a family friend who after being informed about the search says that the possibility that the song played on NDR2 seems unlikely. As the family friend claims that NDR1 broadcasted the news, NDR2 broadcasted classical music and NDR3 would broadcast pop music.
Johnnymetoo comments in the thread “A Talk With A German Man From The 80s (Recent Anecdote)”. His comment helps to correct the claims made in the post stating that NDR2 broadcasted pop music and NDR3 broadcasted classical music.
11TH NOVEMBER: Lydia comments on the thread “A Talk With A German Man From The 80s (Recent Anecdote)”. Her comment aims to correct her NDR2 assumption in 2007 by stating that it would have most likely have been NDR1 who broadcasted the song since Music for Young People had transferred to this station.
UNKNOWN DATE(S): Reddit user “quantum_foam_finger” views C. W. Schultz posts “List of mysterious albums/songs - Lost or found” on lostwave
. They notice that listed song “Life Turns Inside Out” has similar vocals and instrumentation to that of the Blue in Heaven song “The Big Beat”. After researching the bands discography, quantum_foam_finger successfully identifies “Life Turns inside Out” as “Old Ned”.
18TH NOVEMBER: C. W. Schultz posts a thread on TheMysteriousSong
titled “UPDATE: "Life Turns Inside Out" solved!”. The post includes a link to dabunnymanPM’s YouTube upload of “Old Ned”. C. W. Schultz also makes a post in the thread explaining how quantum_foam_finger was able to identify the track.
Quantum_foam_finger makes a reply post on the thread ““UPDATE: "Life Turns Inside Out" solved!” in which they provide additional information as to how they discovered the track.
20TH MARCH: YouTube Channel “The Very Unknown Band - Topic” uploads the video “The Most Mysterious Song On The Internet (Remastered)”. As stated in its titled, the video provides a remastered version of the Mysterious Song.
6TH JUNE: Reddit user “xaviersimpson88” posts a thread to TheMysteriousSong
titled “MS AIRDATE is August 27-31, 1984 (will give details in comments)”. In the thread xaviersimpson88 explains that digitized Music listings from August 27-31 in 1984 could be able to specify the Mysterious Song’s airdate.
- The search for the Mysterious song’s identity and origins.
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If anyone has more information about the history of the Antwon01 case that will be appreciated. Also, since I have been absent from the subreddit for some time, I have unfortunately lost track on some key events since late November. So, if you all can bring me up to speed it will be greatly respected.