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Thu Oct 4, 2012, 12:29 AM

Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft

from Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calling_Occupants_of_Interplanetary_Craft

"Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft"(The Recognized Anthem of World Contact Day) is a song by Klaatu, originally released in 1976 on their first album 3:47 EST. The song would open night transmission of pirate radio station Radio Caroline. The year following its release, The Carpenters covered the song, using a crew of 160 musicians. Both versions of the single had the entire name of the song on the label (the picture sleeve of the Carpenters' single had the subtitle in small print); reissued singles of the Klaatu version had the title shortened to "Calling Occupants."

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John Woloschuk, a member of Klaatu and one of the song's composers, has said:

The idea for this track was suggested by an actual event that is described in The Flying Saucer Reader, a book by Jay David published in 1967. In March 1953 an organization known as the International Flying Saucer Bureau sent a bulletin to all its members urging them to participate in an experiment termed World Contact Day whereby, at a predetermined date and time, they would attempt to collectively send out a telepathic message to visitors from outer space. The message began with the words..."Calling occupants of interplanetary craft!"


I like this video:

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Frank_Norris_Lives Oct 2012 #1
frogmarch Oct 2012 #2
zappaman Oct 2012 #3
frogmarch Oct 2012 #4
zappaman Oct 2012 #5
frogmarch Oct 2012 #6

Response to frogmarch (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 10:23 AM

1. Why would I.....

....want to call down some vastly technologically superior being on my head? I've got a spouse and that's 'nuff said.

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Response to Frank_Norris_Lives (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 01:15 PM

2. I have a spouse too, and if

our responding ET visitors turned out to be as nice as he is, all would be well. They could turn out to be more like the ETs in Independence Day, though, so even if I believed in mental telepathy, I wouldn't try to contact ETs telepathically. In fact, sometimes I think we earthlings should turn off the lights and pretend no one's here.



I like the video anyway.

Welcome to DU, Frank_Norris_Lives!

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Response to frogmarch (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 01:16 PM

3. Remember when everyone thought this was a reunited Beatles song?

Good times...

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Response to zappaman (Reply #3)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 01:39 PM

4. They did? I hadn't heard that.

When I first heard the song, I was a mom of three young kids and pretty much out of the loop. Loopy, maybe, but not in the loop.

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Response to frogmarch (Reply #4)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 03:15 PM

5. here ya go

http://www.klaatu.org/klaatu1.html

In 1976 a rumor started circulating in the United States that the Beatles had recorded and released a new album under the pseudonym of "Klaatu" and sales of that record shot way up. The rumor went something like this:

The Beatles supposedly recorded an album in mid 1966 that was to be a follow up to Revolver but the master tapes were mysteriously "lost" from the studio. The Beatles didn't want to re-record the album as Paul had (supposedly) just died in a car accident. When Billy Shears (a Paul McCartney look alike contest winner) stepped in to fill the space left by Paul's death, the Beatles stopped touring and recorded a new album that eventually turned out to be "Sgt. Pepper." This explains the long gap between Revolver and Sgt. Pepper and also the change in musical direction. Meanwhile, in 1975, the missing masters were uncovered during research for the Beatles' story project titled, The Long And Winding Road (which eventually became 1995's Beatles Anthology) and the band decided to release the album as a tribute to the late Paul McCartney. They decided on a release with no credit shown to songwriters and no photos so that the album would sell on the merits of the music contained therein and not on any "Beatles hype" (similar to Paul giving away a song to Peter and Gordon in the early 60s called "Woman" under the songwriting name of Bernard Webb).

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Response to zappaman (Reply #5)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 05:17 PM

6. Whew! That was a

humdinger of a rumor! Now I get the "Paul is dead" meme that was circulating (and still is, here and there on the web). I suppose how much of all that was true would depend on who was asked.

Thanks! I feel so much cooler and in the loop now.

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