Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft

celebrex costIn 1976, Klaatu released a lovely albeit mildly cheesy song called http://www.chanpenthai.com/essay-on-trees/ (the Recognized Anthem of World Contact Day).  Klaatu is a progressive rock group formed in 1973 that is best remembered for it’s mysterious songs about alien contact and other metaphysical subject matter.  in 1976 they released an album that included no names or photos, allowing themselves to merely be known collectively as Klaatu (named after the extraterrestrial Klaatu from http://www.nnw.org/ativan-and-zoloft/), which somehow sparked rumors that the band was actually the Beatles working under a pseudonym.

In your mind you have abilities you know
To telepath messages through the vast unknown
Please close your eyes and concentrate
With every thought you think
Upon the recitation we’re about to sing

Calling occupants of interplanetary craft

Calling occupants of interplanetary
most extraordinary craft

A year after the single was released by Klaatu, it was covered by The Carpenters, using a crew of 160 musicians.  The result was a pretty song with an amped up cheese factor, but equally pleasant.  It ended up being a bigger hit than the original.  Adding to the campiness of The Carpenter’s version is the opening where a DJ is taking a call from an alien.  Klaatu’s version opened with a lovely combination of nature sounds.

According to the official Klaatu website “Their song Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft …is based on the true story of World Contact Day — an attempt on March 15, 1953 by the International Flying Saucer Bureau to make contact with anyone out in space.”  World Contact Day is said to have been a day when believers in extraterrestrials would gather together, and at a predetermined time, send a telepathic message into space, in an attempt to communicate.

Here for your enjoyment are both versions.

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