Rock My World Canada, chapter 102: Klaatu

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Klaatu was a rock group formed in Toronto in 1973 by the duo of John Woloschuk and Dee Long. They named themselves after the extraterrestrial Klaatu portrayed by Michael Rennie in the film The Day the Earth Stood Still. After recording two singles, drummer Terry Draper was added to the line-up; this trio would comprise Klaatu throughout the rest of the band’s career.

Klaatu’s combination of pop, progressive rock, art/symphonic rock, and other genres has often been compared to the Beatles, and sometimes to the guitar-rock of Queen, and the electronic music of Wendy Carlos. British music magazine Shindig! praised the band’s ability to combine up-beat pop music with complex progressive rock, forming an “otherworldly brand of progressive pop.”

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ 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.

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