Who are Klaatu??
Click on the Youtube video and listen to the 17-minute Z-93 radio interview from 1977 which examines the very question regarding the identities of the Klaatu band members...are they really the Beatles? The interview features Dennis O'Malley, Capitol Records of Boston, Bruce Raven, Capitol representative of Chicago, journalist Steve Smith and Klaatu manager, Frank Davies. Included after the radio broadcast is Klaatu's Beatlesque hit song "Sub-Rosa Subway."
Could Klaatu be Beatles? Mystery is a Magical Mystery Tour
By Steve Smith
Just before Christmas I listened to a refreshing new album that sounded incredibly "Beatlish." I checked the album, entitled Klaatu, for names or pictures of the musicians but there were none. All credits were given to Klaatu. Curious, I called Capitol Records and was told it was a "mystery group."
Who are Klaatu? That is the mystery. Their
names are being kept secret by Capitol Records and Frank Davies, who
handles the group's so-far clandestine affairs. The band will not submit
to any publicity pictures (Capitol press release says that "they want to
be known for their music and not for whom they are"). They are rumored to
be independently wealthy. Capitol claims to have no knowledge of the
identities of the band members, but this raises a question: Why would
Capitol invest in an "unknown"?
Capitol's stonewallers did disclose that the
word Klaatu was taken from a 1951 science fiction movie. The Day the Earth
Stood Still. In it Michael Rennie played a peace emissary from outer space
named Klaatu. In Canada the name of the album is called 3:47 EST which is
the time Klaatu arrived on Earth in the movie. (On the cover of Ringo
Starr's album, Goodnight Vienna Ringo is standing in the doorway of the
spaceship next to the robot from that same movie).
In Sub Rosa Subway there is mention of, first,
New York City and then, Washington. The Beatles first arrived in the
United States in New York City and played the Ed Sullivan Show and
Carnegie Hall, then they played the Washington Coliseum.
To add a final note of intrigue, Davies said there are many clues on the album about the band's identity, the biggest clue being a morse code message at the end of Sub Rosa Subway telling a lot about the band, the album and that song. (Davies has offered to give a Klaatu album and/or posters and buttons to the first person who can decode that message. Entries can be sent to Steve Smith in care of this newspaper). Davies said that "when it is finally let known as to whom they are, your story will be interesting to look back on."
The album's musical and lyrical clues left four possibilities as to whom this mystery band could be:1. The Beatles.
2. A couple of the Beatles with other people.
A single by the band was scheduled for release this week. The "A" side is Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft backed with Sir Bodsworth Rugglesby III Also, their second album is due out in April. Their first album is hard to find, but may be ordered from record stores. WBRU-FM is the only radio station giving it any airplay so far. Whoever Klaatu is, their album was well worth waiting for.
Is it the Beatles? You are welcome to draw your own conclusions - and if "Yesterday" is here, "Let it Be."
Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft: There are more Klaatu links to explore:
The Official Klaatu Home Page with excellent information and photographs about the band including a discography.
In 1981, Klaatu performed two concerts in Ottawa. One was at Barrymores while the other was at Carleton University (click here to see photographs of the campus concert.)
A very nice website with a review of the 1951 classic movie "The Day the Earth Stood Still".
An excellent compendium of "Klaatu Identities and Beatle Rumours" by David Bradley.
From the Wikipedia website: Klaatu.
Insert: "Are Klaatu Band the Beatles?" from Billboard magazine.
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