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20 January 2011

Five for Friday

Congratulations, Trav!
Is anyone else familiar with the 70's Canadian band, Klaatu? They were mostly pretty obscure to say the very least ... unless you are a Beatles fan ...
The interesting story about this band was that they were rumoured to be the Beatles, in hiding. The rumour came about as a result of the "Beatles-esque" sound of their 1976 album 3:47 EST (retitled Klaatu by US Capital Records executives, who thought the original title was too obscure). The complete lack of biographical information on the album led reviewers to claim that it was an anonymous project by the Beatles. The rumour was fed by various "clues" released by radio announcers and print media, thus sparking a world-wide frenzy for a time.
Interestingly, the band became popular enough to have spawned an annual cult convention, called KlaatuKon, which still occurs in Toronto ... it's the only place you might have a chance to hear Klaatu live these days.
Here's the WHOLE story behind the rumours, if you're interested:
I thought this was a cool bit of Canadiana to share with y'all. Maybe you'll recognize some of their songs - couldn't find enough on Playlist, so I turned to Youtube for today's blog. You decide - did they REALLY sound like the Beatles?
By the way, the name? If you are a fan of cheesy old sci-fi movies, you'll recognize it as the name of the extra-terrestrial portrayed by Michael Rennie in the classic 1951 film "The Day The Earth Stood Still".


Travis Cody said...

I've never heard of them. Thanks for introducing me to something new to me.

And thanks for playing the game every week. I always look forward to seeing what you've come up with.

Vinny "Bond" Marini said...

I did not know them....

Vinny "Bond" Marini said...

Similar sound...but there were so many bands at that time that captured that sound. Interesting..thanks for the new info!