If you listen at all to our radio show then you have probably heard us talk about the "mystery record" and our five year quest to find out who the band was that played on the test pressing record I randomly came about possessing. If this isn't ringing any bells then look to the right hand side of the blog and click on the link for HAZE: THE MYSTERY RECORD IS REVEALED. I recently watched a documentary called Resurrect Dead: The Mystery Of The Toynbee Tiles in which we watch several dedicated people unfold a mystery decades in the making, and one that puts my sleuthing skills to shame.
Tiles like the one pictured above began popping up on sidewalks and in the middle of busy metro streets in the early 1980's. It's cryptic message was primarily the same for each tile and they appeared across the eastern seaboard and occasionally in the heartland of America. Soon sightings from as far away as South America began trickling in. The creator was unknown, the message unique, and it caught the attention of many curious folk. As the technology of the internet became more commonplace, a community arose around the mystery of these "Toynbee Tiles" as they became known. For decades people have been plotting the tiles locations and theorizing their meanings. Resurrect Dead follows three such people on their quest to answer all the questions and to find out who was responsible for it all. I know that I am a sucker for a story like this - but with a documentary this good you can't help but get sucked in!
Now I don't want to give away any of the film - I really want you all to watch it for yourselves, but let me just share a bit of the mystery with you so that you can see just how difficult a time they were going to have making any headway. They have only three clues to start with: who or what is the Toynbee Idea? What does that have to do with Stanley Kubrick's movie 2001 A Space Odyssey? And what is the reference to bringing back the dead have to do with any of it?! I will let the documentary unravel what they find for you, but one early clue they encounter is a simple one act play written by David Mamet called 4 a.m. This play involves a late night talk radio show host and a call from a man attempting to make a case for a cause that he believed in. When you read the play, there are all kinds of recognition bells that start to ring. I will let you see for yourself -
4 a.m. A Short Play by David Mamet
This is just a taste of what lies ahead for you when you watch this fantastic documentary, and I suggest you put aside some time for it as soon as you can. Pirate radio stations, media hi-jinx, mafia attacks, and mysterious "bird men" are all a part of the mystery, and that is leaving out a lot of the spoilers! I know you can stream it or watch it on netflix, download it on itunes and if you would like to visit the film's website (and I know you will) you can click on the link below:
enjoy the mystery!