Remembering Klaatu, the Canadian band that everyone thought was The Beatles

In 1976, a mysterious band called Klaatu came out of nowhere with an album strangely entitled 3:47 EST. For a while, rumours abounded that this was a secret reunion of The Beatles. It wasn’t but it was a good story while it lasted. (Via Walter)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

2 thoughts on “Remembering Klaatu, the Canadian band that everyone thought was The Beatles

  • February 1, 2019 at 10:54 am

    Very nice record (I have a vinyl copy at home). Interesting story that speaks volumes about the naivete and influence of some music journalists. Reminds me of the background around the band Heart, and how they were thought to be a Canadian band (and as a result probably got lots of Cancon airplay). Turns out that was a con too.

    • February 1, 2019 at 12:37 pm

      From what I can recall from Heart’s earlier albums, they were on a Canadian label, or was it that they recorded a lot in the early days in Vancouver. My memory is hazy, but I remember that much.


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