Richard Carpenter recalls the recording process:
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.” ....It did moderately well in the U.S., (but) went Top 10 in the U.K., and stayed there for two months.And it was number one in Ireland, I might add. Now, the song's lyrics start off with a distinctly mystical air, suggesting to the listener that the aliens can be reached telepatically:
In your mind you have abilities you knowTo telepath messages through the vast unknownPlease close your eyes and concentrateWith every thought you think Upon the recitation we're about to sing
They remained an obscure group until 1977, when Charlie Parker, a DJ on WDRC in Providence, Rhode Island, played one of the tracks on his show. Hundreds of listeners phoned, convinced he had played a new Beatle record.
An article by Steve Smith in the 'Providence Journal' soon followed claiming that Klaatu was the Beatles. He suggested there were some 150 clues and pieces of evidence which pointed to a 'Klaatu Konspiracy'...
There was no biographical info on the cover, while the group's manager, Frank Davis, when asked directly if Klaatu were the Beatles, refused to confirm or deny the rumour. Likewise, Capitol, far from denying the allegations, went so far as to circulate the 'Providence Journal' article, and within 8 weeks, the album had sold 300,000 copies.- The Internet Beatles Album
These suspicions weren't totally unfounded either:
On the cover of his Goodnight Vienna album, Ringo Starr's head was shown superimposed on the body of a character from the film The Day The Earth Stood Still. The character's name? Klaatu. The connection was strenthened by Apple promotional material for Goodnight Vienna, which said 'Don't Forget - Klaatu Barada Nikto'My feeling on all of this?