Calling Up My Pants

2008-01-31 21:43 by Wally

What a clip! What a song! I always thought it sounded a little strange in The Carpenters' otherwise staunchly schmaltzy MOR catalogue, and then a nice fellow informed me via email that it was originally by an underappreciated Canadian prog rock band taking their name from the alien from the oldtime horror flick The Day The Earth Stood Still.
After ordering a re-issue of their first album 3:47 E.S.T, I was pleasantly surprised to find that Klaatu are, in fact, awesome. I guess a post of their original version of Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft would be a nice comparison to make here, but you'll just have to trust me that it's tops. I reckon you should listen to the following coupla tracks instead.

Klaatu- Dr. Marvello

Klaatu- Sir Bodsworth Rugglesby III


Highly recommend you check out the whole album. Something like three years in the making, signed to a major label without any execs even meeting or seeing images of the band (a true "all about the music" story, brilliant!).

Dee Long from Klaatu is active on the web, for instance leaving comments about bodgy videos made of Klaatu songs by fans on YouTube.

Regardless, it's clear that Klaatu had a huge influence on these young lads:

Back to front dammit!

You know you should know better

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RAGE guest presenteringness

2007-12-21 21:51 by Wally

Recently I was invited onto RAGE to present some of my favourite music videos and generally pfaff about in their studio re-arranging furniture and trying on silly hats.This is what happened.

RAGE logo

For those who missed out on the tv broadcast, check out the YouTube playlist

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Lalalala Banana

2007-11-24 21:54 by Wally

Song Of Joy front cover

From the kooky Moog sounds and odd time signatures to the Captain's aviators, everything about this song is totally...bananas. I particularly love the cheeky Muppet-like "wheee" from the synth to finish

Captain and Tenille- Going Bananas

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Gotye on commercial radio

2007-11-11 21:56 by Wally

Playing at the ARIAs was meant to thrust me into the mainstream's consciousness right?

Gotye on Triple M

Thanks to my buddies Paul, Simon and Andy at Top Crap for providing this

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Eine suuuppper-katze!

2007-11-11 20:03 by Wally

I definitely have to track down the film "Gina Wildkatze" ("Gina Wildcat") from which this next track is taken.

Christer Bladin- Wildkatze

Delivered by Christer Bladin (now an acclaimed classical tenor apparently) in that gloriously campy spoken-word/singing style that only Germans can manage, I'm not sure this really qualifies as kraut rock, but I don't care because it brings about a smile every time. I heard it first on a great compilation called The In-Kraut Vol. 2- Hip Shakin' Grooves Made in Germany 1966-1974 which was sent to me by my distributor Creative Vibes.

In-Kraut vol. 2

Read more about The In-Kraut compilations from the label who put them together, Marina Records

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