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Klaatu

In August of 1976, the self-titled debut album by an unknown group called Klaatu was released on Capitol Records to little notice. The following February Steve Smith, a writer for the Providence Journal in Rhode Island, wrote an article titled "Could Klaatu Be the Beatles? Mystery Is a Magical Mystery Tour." The article began the rumor that Klaatu was "more than likely either in part or in whole the Beatles." These conjectures, fueled by a series of articles in trade magazines like Billboard created a huge amount of hype and Capitol did nothing to deny or confirm the rumors. Throughout 1977, record sales soared and radio stations ran "Is Klaatu the Beatles?" promotions. Reportedly, some of the "clues" as to whether or not Klaatu were the Beatles included backward messages, Morse code, references to the group's identities in the song lyrics, and the word "Beatles" hidden in various places on the record jacket. After several months of conjecture, the group's identity was revealed at the end of year -- it wasn't the Beatles after all, it was Terry Draper (songwriter, vocalist, drummer), John Woloschuck, and Dee Long. Immediately, their record sales declined, and due to a backlash generated by the Beatles hoax their four subsequent albums failed to sell. The group broke up in 1981. ~ Jim Powers
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Sir Army Suit is still my favorite of theirs but all the albums are great. One of the more creative and unique groups ever.
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wlp3rd
The first time I heard 3:47 EST I loved it but Hope blew it away. It's astral themes and orchestral interludes enthrall me everytime I listen to it. So Said The Light house Keeper is my favorite just beautiful. I have listened to Hope well over 500 times and love it just as much each time I hear it.
Around The Universe In Eighty Days
In our warp where time and space are one
We can no longer see the sun
In fact there's nothing there for us to see
For light is nowhere near as fast as we
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wlp3rd
From the first time I heard 3:47 Est I feel in love with it. Hope was the best. Prelude blows me away. Hope is so incredible, I would listen to it over & over, to this day I enjoy it as much as any of my fav Rock classics be it Rubber Soul, Who's Next , Rumors. The astral themes and orchestral interludes are awesome. Different but big sound. In our warp where time and space are one We can no longer see the sun In fact there's nothing there for us to see For light is nowhere near as fast as we
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wlp3rd
From the first time 3:47 Est I feel in love with it. Hope was the best. Prelude blows me away. Hope is so incredible, I would listen to it over & over, to this day I enjoy it as much as any of my fav Rock classics be it Rubber Soul, Who's Next , Rumors. The astral themes are orchestral interludes were awesome. Different but big sound.
In our warp where time and space are one
We can no longer see the sun
In fact there's nothing there for us to see
For light is nowhere near as fast as we
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These guys were super creative and fun. Hope is my favorite album (and if you watch Interstellar , I swear, Hans Zimmer used some of the songs -- or sounds -- in his music). These guys were ahead of their time.
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Hope was by far the most creative, mixing Orchetrated numbers with Rock, ala ELO, (my second favorite group of all time(after the Beatles of course)) there was another album they did that isn't mentioned here, I believe named Endangered Species?
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Actually a bit more like ELO than the Beatles.
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Good - silly stuff! Too bad they got the Beatles tag hung on them. Would have been a good light weight psych - prog band. Oh well - they should have know better.
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stevebpolek
Drop 2 and call the occupants!
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You can't go wrong creating a Klaatu radio station on Pandora. The first album and Hope are my favorites.
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Calling occupants is still a classic
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Need to add Hope...Aroun d the Universe in 80 days!!!
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The only track by this group I can still remember (and still listen to) is "Little Neutrino".
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, Go Canada, still obscure, were lucky, enjoy !
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I really thought there may have been something to it. Klaatu were shrouded in secret and they did have the Beatles way......and I wanted the Beatles back so bad. No matter the outcome I still like Klaatue and although they were gifted studio musicians and payed the price...thei r music had a lot of merit....Of Interplaneta r y Craft....... . C a l l i n g
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Klaatu was and is one of the most awesome groups ever
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Been a ravenous Klaatu fan since their first album. Too bad music politics screwed them over. Several years ago I called Capitol Records to ask why they hadn't released Magental Lane on CD and they actually claimed they never had a group called Klaatu. Sell Out, Sell Out is actually about these dicks in Hollywood where I unfortunatel y work.
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PURE ROCK AND ROLL ......
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I was a huge KLAATU fan in the 70's...so glad I discovered them again on Pandora
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i grew up listening to my older brothers friends album self titled KLAATU...lov e d it ...still do...especia l l y the song HOPE
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I saw them Live in Montreal Canada, It was at a huge theater. They reproduced well although some of the music was dubbed. The singers voice sounds a tad like McCartney, but the creativity, songs with sound effect about fantasy and Scifi imitates (not as well of course) Sgt Pepper and Magical Mystery Tour songs.
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One of their best albums is not here, HOPE. Very Post-Beatles q u e
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vicmarbb
Klaatu music is an acquired taste, and a sweet one for me. I began listening to this band back in the 70's, when my brother studied at Wesleyan in Middletown Conn, and he and his roomates discovered the album, LP at that time of course. I've since purchased as much as I can on CD's or on I'Tunes. Easy listening, and funky at times, great stuff ....
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vineofgoodfr u i t
Listen to Silly Boys backwards you will be amazed!!!! It's on the Sir Army Suit album. I don't know how they did it but it's fantastic. If you have the vinyl LP and a backwards turntable you will be treated to something amazing.
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Oh do I remember this rumor. I loved the song and bought the 'album' Still have it I think. Too bad the rumor/hoax killed the band. Nice breezy pop/rock.
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All is lost if one abandons HOPE
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Klaatu is one of those groups that the potential was never recognized. No they didn’t sound like the Beatles, but a few of the songs were in the same vein, that is what threw some of the musical commentators off. I have all of their music either on CD or album.
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mark_ezov
They sounds nothing at all like he Beatles in any way shape or form. Whoever bought into the hype/hoax was going out of their way to buy in!
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If you like this song, I suggest you pick up Sunset 1973 - 1981 you will find many more songs like this. Great band that never got it's due
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I am so amazed that Pandors has Klaatu. For years I have been in love with this band and even bing in a band I have never met anyone that knows of them. I think they were musical genuis'. It is such a shame that people couldn't see past the Beatles rumor to really appreciate them. They should have been much more succesful then than they were.
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stolbert2
In high school a bunch of us took a science fiction class. Some of the guys made a music video to "Anus of Uranus" using an old 8mm movie camera that was loaded with really old film. The result was some really distorted colors and goofy video speed changes to sync with the music. By today's standards, it would be declared a wonderfully creative piece of art. This was before camcorders and MTV... Beside, the lyrics were absolutely cool!!! Here's to you, guys.
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I listened to them when I was in highschool. I have the LPs except Magenta lane, never realy liked it.
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vromens
Should have left " Calling Occupants... " like it was! The original was much better!
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rinck1ab
Loved their funkier beats, "Sell Out, Sell Out," and "Set the World on Fire"
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michael_va24 3 5 4
For the most part I really like Klaatu. Right now Dear Christine is playing. Great song.
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smmullins1
Sorry to see that most of Pandora's bio is about the silly Beatles thing, which Klaatu did nothing to start or perpetuate. Aside from that, this is an interesting and creative band from Canada which is at worst a parody of late '70s prog rock and at best a surprisingly British sounding group of North Americans. I actually love Hope, and recently replaced all my Klaatu vinyl with CDs, which can be had very cheaply.
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I have all Klaatu's albums and actually think that "Hope" was their best. I never bought the Beatles rumor. The critic who said "Hope" was a sophmore slump obviously knows nothing about music and doesn't care for their music from his uneducated comments.
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I'm a little surprised the Beatles thing got bought, there is more than a little similarity in the vocal melodies, but honestly I don't think Ringo was this good at drums or Paul could ever play something this consistently heavy.
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I picked up their first album way back in '76 I think. Bought the CD a few years ago and still listen to it today. Now, my kids listen to it!
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I was in a band that Covered "Older" from Sir Army Suit. Actually, one person in the audience new it was a KLAATU cover
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They have more albums. I know of one titled HOPE. It was actually the next album after the debut and is actually well done.
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Terrific artist. Doctor Marvelo is a great song BTW!
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allusterfien d
o.k., so i first heard the guy's way back when all the beatle s*!t was going on. in 1976, by the way i was 11, my babysiter turned me on. i think a year later The Carpenters did a cover of Calling Occupants. it's always been one of my favorite albums, yes albums, o.k. i think they're incredible ! ! ! ....
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Interplanata r y !
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kenkeyjr
they sound like First Class ... Beach Baby
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What possessed these guy to change Little Neutrino from the original!!! Should have left it alone!!!
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I love these guys. Would have loved to see them live....
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Now I know more of the story. I had heard about the "It might be the Beatles" thing but nothing more.
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This old band is one the great discoveries I've made on Pandora. "Mister Manson" is awesome!

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