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Beatles surrogate: KLAATU
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Choking Smoker
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13 February 2011 - 7.24pm

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!

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mr. Sun king coming together
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13 February 2011 - 7.31pm

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.

Choking Smoker
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13 February 2011 - 7.49pm

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!

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DoctorRobert
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13 February 2011 - 8.02pm

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.

Choking Smoker
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13 February 2011 - 8.12pm

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

Choking Smoker
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13 February 2011 - 8.16pm

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

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mr. Sun king coming together
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13 February 2011 - 8.17pm

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.

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Kail
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14 February 2011 - 12.37am

My favorite Klaatu song was "Real Life Hero".

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vonbontee
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14 February 2011 - 5.47am

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

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mr. Sun king coming together
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14 February 2011 - 12.02pm

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.

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The Walrus
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14 February 2011 - 9.53pm

Choking Smoker said:

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


And I neeeeeeeeed her all the time

Choking Smoker
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16 February 2011 - 8.09pm

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

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c64wood
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17 February 2014 - 9.58pm

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.

 

I know you know what you know, but you should know by now that you're not me ~ Ron Nasty

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William Shears Campbell
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14 June 2016 - 4.35pm

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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