Dear Radio 10,
I need to ask your help with something… Something life altering important. I need you to help me solve a mystery.
The other night I was driving home in my car (since that is what I usually drive home in and driving home in someone else’s car would be both odd and illegal) while listening to a radio station. I am ashamed to say it was not Radio 10. It was an inferior radio station. I won’t name them. I will simply apologize for this indiscretion and ask for your forgiveness. I promise it will not happen again.
Anyway… where was I? Ah yes… I was listening to ‘not Radio 10’ as they played the same song again for the fifth time that day. I decided to switch to a much better radio station. My car radio made the usual sound of a robot having a break down as it searched through the frequencies. Eventually it settled on Radio 10. When it did my heart suddenly quickened. The song suddenly coming through my speakers was one that I’ve been trying to identify for the last two years. You’re glorious radio station had suddenly given me a chance to find out the song’s name. I knew I had to act fast.
I have the app Shazam on my phone (which can identify songs). I’ve had it on my phone for the past two years for just this reason. However, as we all know; driving and using a phone at the same time is highly irresponsible. I frantically started looking for a place to pull over. Unfortunately I was driving through a small Frisian village and both sides of the street were already lined with cars. I started to panic that the song would end before I could find a place to stop. I might have started to speed just a little. Suddenly I spotted an empty parking space in front of the local bicycle repair shop. As quickly and safely as I could I pulled in (making sure to follow the standard mirror/signal/manoeuvre procedure).
As I brought the car to a stop I felt a mix of victory and excitement. I had successfully found a place to park before the song ended. I was about to find out the name of the song that had been haunting me for two years… I pulled on the hand break and was about to retrieve my telephone when the song suddenly ended…
I was crushed. I was too late. I had come so close… So close to ending the torment of two long years. I’ve tried doing everything I can to identify that song. I’ve tried singing the tune to people. However, my singing sounds like a robot having a break down and they have been unable to identify it. In one moment of desperation I even tried singing to the Shazam app. It was just as confused as my friends. It does not help that I’ve only ever heard 20 second snippets of the song. I’ve tried describing it to people but, “I think it’s 80’s or 90s, maybe 2000’s or 2010’s,” and, “it’s either in another language or I’m just not hearing it right,” turn out to be a bit vague as a description.
Radio 10. Please. You can help me. You can end this two year obsession. I beg you and promise to only ever listen to Radio 10 from now on. Please, can you tell me the name of the song that finished playing on your radio station around 19:40 on Thursday the 17th of August? I can’t tell you what time it started playing because I have no idea how long it is… yet.
Stuart – An accident prone Englishman living in The Netherlands
Update 1: Thank you everyone who sent me yesterdays playlist. I could not find it myself. Strangely the song is not on there. There is a gap in the time line (between Time Of My Life and You Give Love A Bad Name) but the song itself is not there. Could I have imagined it? Am I going crazy? Maybe.
Update 2: YES!!! We got it!! Thank you to DJ Edwin Ouwehand and the people who put me in contact with him. The song is Ti Sento by Matia Bazar. No wonder I never found it. I kept on telling everyone I thought it was French song 80s. It’s Italian. I got the 80s part right though. I can finally rest and listen to the song all day. Thank you everyone. That escalated fast and got solved a lot quicker than I expected. Now… if anyone can help me with the Speculoos mystery…