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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.


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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