Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft
"Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft" is a song by Klaatu, originally released in 1976 on their first album 3:47 EST. The song would open night transmission of the pirate radio station Radio Caroline. The year following its release, the Carpenters covered the song, using a crew of 160 musicians. The Carpenters version reached the top 10 in the UK and Canada.
|"Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft"|
|Single by Klaatu|
|from the album 3:47 EST|
|Genre||Space rock, psychedelic pop, progressive rock|
|Length||3:23 (single edit)
7:14 (album version)
Capitol (rest of the world)
|Songwriter(s)||Terry Draper, John Woloschuk|
John Woloschuk, a member of Klaatu and one of the song's composers, has said:
The idea for this track was suggested by an actual event that is described in The Flying Saucer Reader, a book by Jay David published in 1967. In March 1953 an organization known as the "International Flying Saucer Bureau" sent a bulletin to all its members urging them to participate in an experiment termed "World Contact Day" whereby, at a predetermined date and time, they would attempt to collectively send out a telepathic message to visitors from outer space. The message began with the words..."Calling occupants of interplanetary craft!"
|Canada RPM 100 Singles||45|
|US Billboard Hot 100||62|
|US Cash Box Top 100||91|
|US Record World Singles Chart||100|
- John Woloschuk - lead vocals, backing vocals, piano, organ, synthesizer, bass guitar
- Dee Long - backing vocals, mellotron, synthesizer, electric guitar
- Terry Draper - lead vocals, backing vocals, drums, tympani, percussion
- Terry Brown - backing vocals
The Carpenters versionEdit
|"Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft"|
Single artwork painted by designer Andrew Probert.
|Single by The Carpenters|
|from the album Passage|
|B-side||"Can't Smile Without You"|
|Released||September 9, 1977|
|Genre||Pop rock, soft rock|
|Length||7:06 (album version)
3:59 (single edit)
|The Carpenters singles chronology|
The Carpenters' version from their Passage album charted worldwide and appeared on several of their hits compilations. The song title appears on the Carpenters' version above the tagline "(The Recognized Anthem Of World Contact Day)". The success of their version led to the duo receiving many letters from people asking when World Contact Day would be held. The song ultimately led to a successful Carpenters television special, The Carpenters...Space Encounters.
While Klaatu's original opens with various sounds of living species, the Carpenters' version opens with a radio DJ on a request show. The DJ identifies a phone caller as "Mike Ledgerwood". When the DJ asks Mike for his song request, an alien-sounding voice responds. The DJ is voiced by longstanding Carpenters' guitarist Tony Peluso, who can be seen in that role at the start of the video for this track.
The Carpenters' arrangement of the song was later copied on a sound-alike cover released on the 1977 album Top of the Pops, Volume 62.
The cover art was painted by designer Andrew Probert.
In April 2011, the song was featured in the BBC series Wonders of the Solar System hosted by Dr. Brian Cox. A portion of the song can be heard in the 2013 film The Wolverine. A portion of the song can also be heard at the end of the fourth episode of the 2017 Netflix series Mindhunter.
|US Billboard Hot 100||32|
|US Cash Box Top 100||23|
|US Billboard Adult Contemporary||18|
|Canadian Singles Chart||9|
|UK Singles Chart||9|
|Irish Singles Chart||1|
"Yes Sir, I Can Boogie" by Baccara
|Irish Singles Chart number-one single
November 12, 1977 – November 19, 1977
"Belfast" by Boney M.
The Carpenters had two music videos for "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft":
- Starparade – German TV, 1977; available on their DVD Gold: Greatest Hits
- Space Encounters – Carpenters' TV special, 1978; available on their DVD Interpretations
- Karen Carpenter - lead and backing vocals
- Richard Carpenter - lead and backing vocals, piano, Hammond organ, Fender Rhodes electric piano, ARP Odyssey, orchestration
- Joe Osborn - bass
- Tony Peluso - electric guitar, DJ
- Ron Tutt - drums
- Earle Dumler - oboe
- Gregg Smith Singers - backing vocals
- Peter Knight - orchestral arrangement
- Uncredited - percussion
- Woloschuk, John. "Klaatu Track Facts" (quote used by permission). The Official Klaatu Homepage. Retrieved 2007-04-18.
- Whitburn, Joel (2015). The Comparison Book. Menonomee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 285. ISBN 978-0-89820-213-7.
- "The Official Klaatu Homepage". Klaatu.org. Retrieved 2016-10-12.
- "Carpenters official web site:". Passage album notes. Retrieved 2007-10-14.