(The Recognized Anthem of World Contact Day)
Music and Lyrics by Terry Draper and John Woloschuk

I heard this song on the debut album of Klaatu, a talented group of Canadian studio musicians who were heavily inspired by The Beatles, and named after the purposeful alien in the sci-fi thriller, The Day The Earth Stood Still.  Always looking for something novel, we decided on it for Passage and ended up immersing ourselves – and 160 musicians and singers – in the biggest “single” recording we ever attempted.  Initially I did not think of this track as a single, but coincidentally, Star Wars had been released, and was all the rage, not long after we recorded “Occupants.”  As a result, I allowed myself to be persuaded into releasing an edited version as a single.  It did moderately well in the U.S., but, to our pleasant surprise, went Top 10 in the U.K., and stayed there for two months.  Incidentally, there was no actual “World Contact Day” – as we’ve answered many times. Maybe in the future…

Magentalane Music (SOCAN)
Produced and Arranged by Richard Carpenter
Orchestrated by Peter Knight
Lead Vocals: Karen and Richard Carpenter
Backing Vocals: Karen and Richard Carpenter and The Gregg Smith Singers
Keyboards: Richard Carpenter
Bass: Joe Osborn
Drums: Ron Tutt
Guitar and D.J.: Tony Peluso
Oboe: Earle Dumler
Engineers: Ray Gerhardt and Roger Young
From the album Passage (1977)
Remixed in 1989 by Richard Carpenter and Robert De La Garza
Engineer: Robert De La Garza



Last Updated June 4, 2008
May 2004  © Richard Carpenter

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