It's story time!
The internet is kind of like a field of stones. Start flipping them over and you'll find all sorts of strange and fascinating things. Also, a whole mess of nutters.
Like many vaguely pretentious music lovers, I have spent quite a while working my way through the Nurse With Wound List. I've made some pretty good progress, but some of these artists are mind-bogglingly obscure. Having another nose around, I found that one of the most obscure of the artists, Franz de Byl, had just recently put up some tracks on his last.fm radio. Hurrah!
Then I discovered that Franz de Byl is balls-out crazy. I enjoy this sort of craziness so much that I just have to document it before it dissapears.
His last.fm wiki description:
"Franz de Byl strikes back now! If you can’t beat them, join them…
Franz de Byl joined Last.FM now – for only one reason: To define and dominate “his” Last.FM-site by only himself, this site what Last.FM did not want to erase or remove.
Until Google and others are executing this Last.FM “company” because of copyright abuse and so on FdB sees the only chance to absorb this homepage of Sony for his own intents.
Berlin, Dec 30, 2009-12-30
Franz de Byl
Musician & Music Teacher"
THINGS TO NOTE:
This is the first indication that Franz de Byl does not understand the internet at all. Note that he has signed and dated his own wiki entry. He always signs himself 'Musician & Music Teacher' or 'Musiker und Musiklehrer' depending on what language he's writing in. You will also notice mr. "De Byl" really likes putting "things" in inverted "colons". Part of this is obviously to do with a certain lack of familiarity with casual english. I'm not sure what he means about Sony: I suppose there must have been a Sony ad on the page (last.fm is owned by CBS). I am also not quite sure what he means about the copyright. I think, looking over other dialogues between De Byl and discogs.com, that De Byl seems to think that websites displaying the titles of his songs or images of his album covers is copyright theft. It's worth noting that as of the time of this writing, De Byl had under 200 plays total on last.fm, which makes him almost as obscure on that site as me.
Here is the only comment on last.fm site, left by...him:
"Hello Last.fm Music Team I want to inform you about the fact that this so called "Nurse With Wound List" is nothing but a self-fulfilling gratification of Mr. Steven Stapleton who "collected" all these artists names on a "list" for only this reason to become a member in this famous club of stars himself. He created this list of lots of important people just to put his own name in the round. The "NWW list" is a list of bad music. That's why I never wanted to be named in this bullshit list. I told this to Mr. Stapleton but he doesn't want to remove my name. This is what I will sue him for very soon. Every man must have the informational self-determination to decide in what link he is trapped and what "prize" he is given. Mr. Stapleton did never ask me if I would agree to his decision to put my name on his ridiculous and illegal list. So I am asking you to please remove this link. Franz de Byl Take a look at my blog http://franzdebyl--nww-and-discogs.blogspot.com"
Again we note "FdB's" habits. And here, the most fabulous thing. Let me repeat that again.
"This is what I will sue him for very soon. Every man must have the informational self-determination to decide in what link he is trapped and what "prize" he is given. Mr. Stapleton did never ask me if I would agree to his decision to put my name on his ridiculous and illegal list. "
This is fantastic! I really hope I don't have to explain how frothingly crazy this is. This would be like sueing someone for giving you an oscar. 'illegal list'. Oh my.
Another inscrutable habit of de Byl is that he seems to make a new blog every time he makes a new thread. Here's another one:
"To me it seems more than incredible and unbelievable that parasites, criminals and pimps like this dare claiming to force something very pure, good and exceptional (Jesus!) - isn't it like Scientology or the Taliban - not to forget: Mr. Steven Stapleton, the hugest idiot and inventor of the so called NWW list?
The best thing though? This is what I saw at the bottom of the page when I googled Franz de Byl. This is pretty incredible. I don't think I've ever seen one of these before:
"In response to a complaint we received under the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act, we have removed 3 result(s) from this page. If you wish, you may read the DMCA complaint that caused the removal(s) at ChillingEffects.org."
Holy shit. What is this guy on?
I would appreciate it if any German speaker could translate this for me:
As my German only extends as far as being able to order beer and ask where the toilet is later.
Anyway, just thought I'd share this bizarre trivia. There's more to dig in to with this (and probably more great quotes to uncover) and I'll post again if I turn up anything else. Or probably I'll just lose all interest in this whatsoever. Whatever.