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The bottom fell out of Klaatu by this time. Forced by Capitol into moving to Los Angeles and working with a unknown producer, the three Canadians actually wrote a song called "Sell Out, Sell Out" that summed up their experience. Even the album title is a pun on how they felt about themselves and their music. They actually came out of the closet this time, splashing their photos and names on the album insert and advertising a Klaatu fan club, but it didn't help. Most of the tunes are pretty dismal. Exceptions are "Hot Box City," a bouncy cameo of L.A. life, and the coda "All Good Things," which has a sweet, albeit derivative, melody line. The only song that fully succeeds is a Bread-influenced track called "Knee Deep in Love." Fortunately, the group resurrected themselves for their final effort, Magentalane. It's no coincidence that they left L.A. for Canada to do it.

Biography

Formed: 1973 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

In August of 1976, the self-titled debut album by an unknown group called Klaatu was released on Capitol Records to little notice. The following February Steve Smith, a writer for the Providence Journal in Rhode Island, wrote an article titled "Could Klaatu Be the Beatles? Mystery Is a Magical Mystery Tour." The article began the rumor that Klaatu was "more than likely either in part or in whole the Beatles." These conjectures, fueled by a series of articles in trade magazines like Billboard created...
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