Well, where do I begin. I got the album as soon as it came out, the rumors, yes a complete tape just turned up on a Capitol executive's desk one day. I've have all their stuff.
FACT: I did an English thesis back in college on this very subject, I have not been able to find it as much of my notes got destroyed some years back.
FACT: I saw Paul McCartney live at Maple Leaf Gardens in May of 1976 and on Paul's amp is the Klaatu, logo, the sun. I have several pictures throughout the concert to prove it. A roadie must have put it on probably paid by the record company to further the rumor. To this day I have never seen any published report from any newpaper or magaizine ever referring to this stunt. Am I the only one who noticed ?
FACT: Klaatu indeed was bunch of Canadian studio musicians who came out of the studio and did a small Canadian tour. I saw Klaatu live in a packed night club in Waterloo, Ontario. Without digging out the poster I think it was in 1981. I still have the T-shirt from it and a poster promoting the event. They presented a live show that sounded remarkably identical to the album, no lipsync or pre-recorded material I could detect. The bass player used a blonde Ricky, the same model I have.
That same year I saw Badfinger in a nearby bar in Cambridge that had 2 original memebers. The whole performance was being taped for presentation on the Canadian Global TV network but never got showed. Joey Molland busted a string some halfway throught the gig and just continued to play. Didn't replace it til much later. That of course took away much from No Matter What. I was much younger and drank a bit that night and stood up screaming after most songs. Briefly talked to Joey. Years later I put up a Badfinger website that got his attention and had some nice conversations with him and his wife. I haven't done anything to the site since I got MACCA-Central going.
Back to Klaatu, I like a lot of their later stuff too like Routine Day. A very McCartneyish song, Everybody Took a Holiday has always been my favourite. Dear Christine, Hope, Knee Deep in Love are other great songs that came after the debut album. I think Knee Deep in Love was the last song that made the charts here in Canada.
Though their attempt to sound Beatlish was very successfull, I think they were much more closer to Badfinger except with more keyboards. There are a couple of songs that sound like a ripoff but I'd have to go back and research again to tell you which ones.
I always have a ball playing bass on SubRosa Subway, it is such a great bass line, that combined with the so obvious Beatle tricks it did get people thinking. It was a time of wishful thinking the John and Paul did record together and this was the result. Hey man, it was the 70's
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