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For a brief moment inKlaatu were possibly the biggest Sugar Is Sweet (Remix) - The Party - In The Meantime, In Between Time in the world. What people didn't know was that they were one of the best. Klaatu, a trio of Canadian songwriters, worked on borrowed studio time to craft an epic album of whimsical '60s-inspired pop music that -- a year after its release -- So Said The Lighthousekeeper - Klaatu - Two Classic Albums From Klaatu wrapped up in a rumor so powerful, it would make them the most talked-about band in the world one month, and the most hated the next.
Somehow they had managed to get themselves mistaken for the Beatles. What's worse? They had nothing to do with it. Why did everyone think that Klaatu were a reunited Fab Four? Here, you'll hear the band tell the story in their own words. The group's humble beginnings were, in fact, humble. John Woloschuk brought some self-penned lyric sheets to a interview at a Canadian recording studio.
He didn't get the job he was looking for, but he was asked to bring in some song demos to go with those lyric sheets. John then found a perfect musical counterpart in his electronics-factory co-worker Dee Long. Dee had played in a lot of rock groups throughout high school and was more than happy to flesh out John's demos.
When turned in, John and Dee's bedroom tracks appealed to studio owner Terry Brown. With the later addition of drummer Terry Draper, the group was complete. As sci-fi nuts and fans of the film The Day the Earth Stood Still, they decided to take their name from the movie's immortal line "Klaatu barada nikto! John Woloschuk: I think that the most fun was making the first album, over almost a three-year period from to -- I think we did the very final mix of "Calling Occupants" in January of ' Mind you, it wasn't continuous time -- it was sporadically done throughout.
In the early days, we'd go as long as six months before we got back in the studio. But those days, we had a lot of fun discovering when we were doing the recordings in those days because it was our first. And the first is always I think dearest to you. I think David Bowie said you have 25 years to make your first album and six months to make your second. Dee Long: We were finishing the first album, and we were listening back to the mixes and we had the lights dimmed and all the control lights were flickering.
It took us three years to make that first album, but when we came to the end of it, somebody said we need a cover and I said, "A cover? That debut album was known to Canadians as E. The group had toiled for months, culling inspirations from their favorite artists, and the band's studio perfectionism paid off in droves. Woloschuk threw all of his favorite bands of the Woodstock era together into one irresistible jam called "California Jam".
Dee made a crunching 70s riff-rocker called "True Life Hero. One song that got credit for its immaculate construction was Dee Long's space-rock epic, "Little Neutrino". Terry Draper who I ran into while he was feeding the turtles near his lake house remembers a particularly unique occurrence during the recording of that number:.
Terry Draper: During the fadeout of "Little Neutrino", there's a series of rocket ships that go shooting around and what they are actually are cymbal rolls. I just took a big fat cymbal with mallets Rhythm Of The Rain - The Cascades - Rhythm Of The Rain play a cymbal roll. John and Dee are in the control room changing the pitch of the tape recorder, changing the speed of the track.
During the recording, Mick Jagger walked in with the studio manager. They wanted to look at the place. They were going to do the gig at the El Mocambo. So when Mick walked in, there's this hokey tracked music changing pitch Strut Of The Peacock - Free Form Funky Freqs* - Bon Vivant shooting violently all over the place with this little moron out in the studio playing a cymbal roll!
And that's what Mick heard when he came in and we got to meet him. He must've walked in and said, "Who are these guys? Are these guys on LSD or what? What is happening here? Klaatu came out in on Capitol Records. Island has previously released "California Jam" as a single, but it didn't garner much American airplay. As former manager Frank Davies explains in the liner notes to Sun Set, "There was one, bizarre but pivotal -- to the band -- requirement implicit in any possible future relationship between us; namely, Barren - Nicole Dollanganger - Curdled Milk in the marketing and management of their career there were to be no bios, no photos, no personality descriptions, no interviews, no appearances, no names or album credits even, except the bare minimum required for copyright purposes.
The music alone would be the only tool I would have to market and promote their career. The album was well received even Τάσος Χαλκιάς - Δημοτικοί Χοροί a few year-end Top 10 lists by some noted music publicationsbut critical raves did not equal triumphant sales.
In fact, by the end ofthe album hadn't even moved more than 15, So Said The Lighthousekeeper - Klaatu - Two Classic Albums From Klaatu . But unbeknownst to Davies and the band, gears were set in motion that would soon change their lives forever. Mystery is a Magical Tour. It piqued my interest, so I started making some phone calls to Capitol Records, and I didn't get anywhere. But when I got through to Ken, he had to put the phone down because he could not believe I had gotten as far as I did.
After I wrote the article, I got calls from all over the world, and I was even on Australian So Said The Lighthousekeeper - Klaatu - Two Classic Albums From Klaatu . I was getting calls from everywhere. I was even getting calls from people that had clues. When Capitol Records put out that press release that contained my whole article, it just mushroomed from there.
So what evidence was there that Klaatu was the Beatles? The clues were just so obvious : the lack of any credits on the album except that the album was "written and performed by Klaatu"the fact that the words Klaatu and Beatle have the same number of vowels and consonants, and -- most especially -- the observation that the cover of Ringo Starr's album Goodnight Vienna was, in fact, a recreation of the famous scene from The Day the Earth Stood Still where the character Klaatu exits the UFO for the first time.
Isn't it obvious that we're talking about the ever-so-cryptic Beatles here? Yet the biggest clue of all was the music itself. After all, weren't the Beatles planning a back-to-their-roots album shortly before they disbanded? People could point to certain moments on Klaatu's debut that were reminiscent of the craftsmanship of John, Paul, George and Ringo, especially "Sub-Rosa Subway".
Wasn't that Paul's bassline? John's piano stylings? The song was extracted as a single and reached 62 on the pop charts. In many ways, "Calling Occupants" was Klaatu's big hit, being used in all sorts of places, including the soundtrack to the 90s television show Due South.
The song even managed to reach the ears of Richard Carpenter, who decided to record it for the Carpenters' release Passages, with orchestrations by Peter Knight, of 吉開学17歳(無題) - Various - Zy. Force Vol. 2 (DVD) Moody Blues fame. The Carpenters version pleased Draper, who confesses, "I was a closet Carpenters fan: I'm in a rock band. I can't go around singing 'Close to You. In the Sun Set liner notes, Davies says, "The sales skyrocketed.
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3 stores. Of course, given that this was America's hot topic, it wasn't long before the Beatles themselves were asked about their mysterious album.
Davies says he received a postcard from McCartney saying he was "having a laugh watching all the rumors swirling. At this point, Klaatu was faced with a difficult choice: either come out and tell the truth or remain in hiding and work on a follow-up album. When the rumor hit, the group decided to City Of Ghosts - The Ergon Carousel - Untitled EP mum and use the time to enhance their second album with even more lush orchestrations than before.
Capitol, rolling in dough, was happy to oblige. Their second disc was a concept album about Galérer - Dub Incorporation - Pack Collector Diversité fictional planet that was shattered to pieces.
Riding on Klaatu's sudden notoriety, Hope charted at number 83 -- not bad, but still not So Said The Lighthousekeeper - Klaatu - Two Classic Albums From Klaatu the peak that E. Yet the album was ripe with first-rate material: "Madman" was a song that impressed Ozzy Osbourne when he inexplicably crashed the studio, and "Prelude" was an instrumental rock epic recorded with a full piece orchestra.
Yet one of Hope 's greatest moments remains "Around the Universe in 80 Days" -- a powerful pop ballad that Dee Long built around a gorgeous piano melody. But despite making such worthy music, when the public found out that Klaatu weren't the Beatles, they felt duped. When that backlash hit, it wasn't long before things turned grim. So how did everyone find out that Klaatu were not the Beatles? The truth is rather anticlimactic: a music director from a radio station in Washington went to the Library of Congress on his lunch break, asked to see the public copyright registration record for "Sub-Rosa Subway", and saw the names and Canadian addresses of all the guys in Klaatu.
That was it. Word broke out, and indeed, people felt like they had been duped. Terry Draper says, "When the Beatles rumor came out, we should've just stood up and said, 'Hey, we're So Said The Lighthousekeeper - Klaatu - Two Classic Albums From Klaatu the Beatles. We're three losers from Toronto.
Get over it. In retrospect if we just stood up and said, 'No, we're not the Beatles, but thanks a lot anyway and here we are' and then maybe hit the road? That's the biggest regret: that we didn't stand up and say who we were. Regardless of what the public thought, Bonny Portmore - Gregorian - Video Anthology - Volume 1 (Blu-ray-R) group soldiered on.
Their third release, 's Sir Army Suit found the band trying its hand at disco rock with the infectious "Juicy Luicy" complete with that very unfortunate typo and featured Dee Long's bouncy "Perpetual Motion Machine" and the dark-edged guitar crunch of "Mister Manson". Sir Army Suit was unabashedly pop, geared for radio a lot more than their So Said The Lighthousekeeper - Klaatu - Two Classic Albums From Klaatu two albums were.
Unfortunately, the backlash had already set in, and the album failed to even make the Billboard album charts. No doubt disappointed with the band's deteriorating album sales, Capitol had much more of a hand in Klaatu's fourth album, giving the group a list of outside producers to choose from.
In the end, Endangered Species was a middling affair, and the songs aren't up to the group's usual standards. It did, however, end on a strong note. There's one song that John had kept in his pocket for a while called "All Good Things", a sweet, touching ballad about companionship that doubled-over as a sad closing note, with the chorus of "all good things must end".
This gem stands as one of the greatest songs that Klaatu ever put out.
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