'Scientology (That's The Plan For Me)' (found original version of Tim Heidecker song; 2013)
Photo attached to the song's original upload.
Date found: 19 Jan '16
Found by: FoundationsofPause
On August 2, 2013, comedian Tim Heidecker posted a rock song to his YouTube account entitled 'Scientology (That's The Plan For Me)'. The song satirized the religion of Scientology, as well as its followers. At some point after its release, the video was set to private by Heidecker in order to make way for a re-recorded version, temporarily making the original version impossible to find.
The lyrics of the comedy-rock song made reference to Tom Cruise, Dianetics, and the general cult-like nature of the religion. When originally posted, Heidecker stated that the song was musically influenced by The Kinks (specifically their work from the era in which they released Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)), but that this influence was not apparent in the final product. This version received positive comments from fans and internet publications, but was set to private sometime in 2014 with no explanation or fanfare regarding the action.
After the video had been privatized for a while, Heidecker posted the re-recorded version on March 29, 2015, with a new music video created by Vic Berger. In the description, he stated that the reason for the new version was so that it could be used in his then-upcoming album In Glendale (however, despite this comment, this track was not included on the final album). Compared with the original, the updated recording was more fleshed out with new instrumentation, additional backing vocals, and cleaner production. Still, many fans preferred the first version and became frustrated at Heidecker's insistence on keeping it privatized.
The original release of the song remained missing for around a year. However, on January 19, 2016, YouTube user FoundationsofPause reuploaded the video, putting an end to the search. Both versions of the song can be heard below.