The 1980s rock band Arcadia published a few encrypted messages on their record covers and in a sheet music book. The solutions are not known to me.
My friend Elonka Dunin …
…, who is fan of the 1980s rock band Duran Duran has made me aware of an encrypted message I had never heard of.
The message on the cover
In 1985, the Duran Duran-spinoff group Arcadia published an album titled “So Red the Rose”, best known for its hit single “Election Day”. In the Wikipedia entry of this record we read the following:
Some versions of the album and related singles contained a numeric code in their artwork, this code allocated random numbers to letters. The numbers on the cover say “So Red the Rose” and then the surnames of the band members being “Rhodes, Le Bon and Taylor (as in Roger Taylor)”.
When I googled for the cover of “So Red The Rose”, I found the following:
As can be seen, 18 two-digit numbers are written on the black frame around the picture of a face. Here’s a transcription:
02 16 12 38 44 50 | 50 30 44 22 24 52 | 38 24 00 18 44 42
The same numbers are present on the cover of the single “Election Day”:
Now I ask myself if the explanation on Wikipedia is correct. 18 letters do not fit with the cleartext “So Red the Rose” or “Rhodes, Le Bon and Taylor”. Can a reader find out what the message really means?
The messages in the sheet music book
Via Google I also found a few scans from a sheet music book that was published as an add-on to the record. On the cover the following three numbers can be read:
And then the sheet music book contains a double page with the following number sequences: