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Beatles surrogate: KLAATU
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13 February 2011
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Anyone know KLAATU? If you do, what do you think of Klaatu?

For me the first two LPs 3:47 EST and especially HOPE are absolute masterworks and they resemble the late Beatles Sgt Pepper/Magical Mystery Tour Phase so much it´s really incredible. Like with the Beatles, I never get tired of listening to these two LPs, and I keep discovering new things.

My favourites: Sir Bodsworth Rugglesby III, Around the Universe in Eighty Days, Long Live Politzania, but all tracks are just great. 

If you haven´t heard of KLAATU and you love the late Beatles stuff, go the them, they´re THE perfect Beatles surrogate!

13 February 2011
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There was a conspiracy that they were the Beatles reformed, back in the late 70's. Clues included that one song, when played backwards, says "It's us The Beatles", and a voice analysis test claimed The singer of Klaatu and McCartney sounded the same. The group is a trio of Canadians.

As if it matters how a man falls down.'

'When the fall's all that's left, it matters a great deal.

13 February 2011
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Yes, and the song structure and instrumentation were so beatlish. Quite clever to keep the real identities uncovered and the record company used this, the records really sold well. But still, its wasn´t just a marketing trick, they were just so good!

13 February 2011
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XTC? Badfinger? Oasis? Del Amitri? The Monkees?

You all will have read that Dave Dee is no longer with us. But Mickey and Titch and I would like to carry on the good work that's always gone down in number two.

13 February 2011
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Yea, but none of these have this artistic sophistication and humor like the Beatles had...

13 February 2011
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.. but I admit I haven´t heard of Del Amitri.. What´s that?

13 February 2011
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I dunno, Badfinger is pretty great, Especially the original version of Without You. But the Next Beatles they Weren't.

As if it matters how a man falls down.'

'When the fall's all that's left, it matters a great deal.

14 February 2011
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My favorite Klaatu song was "Real Life Hero".

14 February 2011
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Those first two Klaatu albums are pretty fine ear-candy indeed.  I think "Sub-Rosa Subway" is my favourite. Ive never been crazy about the Muppet-vocal on "Sir Bodsworth Rugglesby III" though.

Another supposed Beatles-Klaatu connection as conspiracy fuel: The Day The Earth Stood Still  (1951 SciFi film) was the inspiration of both the name Klaatu and the album cover of Ringo's Goodnight Vienna.

I remember George saying 'Blimey, he's always talking about “Yesterday”, you'd think he was Beethoven or somebody' - Paul McCartney

14 February 2011
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Yes Von!!! 15 Awesome points. I was to lazy to type that out.

As if it matters how a man falls down.'

'When the fall's all that's left, it matters a great deal.

14 February 2011
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Choking Smoker said:

.. but I admit I haven´t heard of Del Amitri.. What´s that?


And I neeeeeeeeed her all the time

16 February 2011
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Wow, i like it... but check this out version, these boys are amazing:

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That's one of the things I thought was genius about it. Squish an oddity that sounds like Paul's "Granny Music" in there.  Granted, it took a few listens to get used to the muppet-vocal.

vonbontee said
Those first two Klaatu albums are pretty fine ear-candy indeed.  I think "Sub-Rosa Subway" is my favourite. Ive never been crazy about the Muppet-vocal on "Sir Bodsworth Rugglesby III" though.

 

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I discovered Klaatu about a year ago and have absolutely fell in love with it. I have all 5 of their albums and I listen to them frequently. My favorite album of theirs would have to be Hope, but Magentalane comes in a close second.

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I was reading through the comments about how there are other bands that sound similar to the Beatles. The thing that is special about this band is that people actually thought they were the Beatles.

Basically what happened is these 3 guys from Canada formed a band. When they released their first album, they were in their late 20's or early 30's, and we're past the age of wanting fame and fans, so to avoid this they released their first few albums anonymously under their band name.

They didn't start the rumor of being the Beatles. It was a reporter from (I believe) Rhode Island. They didn't want to be the Beatles, but they were blamed for starting the rumor. They eventually came out with their real identities by putting them in the credits of their 4th album. They shortly broke up afterward because of record company troubles.

It's quite the tragic story. Being rumored to be the Beatles was this band's quick rise to, and fall from fame.

This interview with Terry Draper, one of the band members, will give a bit more information and is quite a good watch.

https://youtu.be/tPEkRMKA31U

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