Back in October, my best friend Josef Kenny made a fantastic 8-bit version of “Plica Plica,” the Back to Work theme song. Josef and I tried to send this to Dan and Merlin, the hosts of Back to Work, a couple of times on Twitter, and I believe at least one of us used the 5by5 contact form to try and reach them with it as well. We never heard back.
I awoke this morning to find that some other individual did a similar 8-bit version of the theme, and it got played on the show.
Josef is not only an extraordinarily talented musician, but a huge fan of 5by5. He listens to every episode of every show on the network. He poured a lot of time and passion into this 8-bit version of the theme, and his attention to detail was spectacular. He and I both really hoped the 5by5 guys would take notice of this little piece of fan art dedicated to their show. We understood when they didn’t, but now someone else is getting the attention that Josef originally deserved.
I sent an email to Dan and Merlin about this via the 5by5 contact form. I’m very afraid that now Josef’s version will always be seen as the follow-up, rather than the original. No disrespect intended to the creator of the newer version, but I feel terrible that Josef’s efforts went totally unnoticed while someone else’s version got played on the show. I really hope someone takes notice of this, and Josef gets the recognition he deserves.