Klaatu Celebration Week Continues: John, Dee and Terry Wax Poetic About Sir Army Suit

alan headshot from schoolBy Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio

This week, we’re celebrating the 40th anniversary of Klaatu’s momentous third album, Sir Army Suit, because, as I often say, history is important. With each song, with each collection of songs that we treasure from our favorite artists, we strengthen the musical foundation that we build upon.

klaatu sir army suit coverIt is important to know where things come from. Klaatu’s Sir Army Suit came after the group’s eclectic first album, 3:47 E.S.T., and the follow-up, the orchestrated concept long player Hope. Sir Army Suit was an attempt to build on Klaatu’s strengths with shorter, radio-friendly songs sporting indelible melodies, clever chord progressions, picturesque lyrics, and creative production for the purpose of increasing the band’s marketplace footprint.

Shorter, radio-friendly songs. No problem! From the opening classic “A Routine Day” to “Perpetual Motion Machine,” a sprightly tune about acquiring the gift you didn’t know you needed, this is what Sir Army Suit delivered. Moreover, the album served up a diverse musical experience that continues to resonate with fans today.

Klaatu’s John Woloschuk, Dee Long and Terry Draper spoke to me recently about Sir Army Suit, an album they look back on fondly. Click on the photos below to hear what they have to say about one of the great melodic pop albums of our time (then right-click on the stream graphic to download each interview).

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John Woloschuk looks back at Sir Army Suit

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Dee Long looks back at Sir Army Suit and ahead to new music

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Terry Draper takes a look at Sir Army Suit

In the spirit of our ongoing celebration of Sir Army Suit, on the occasion of the album’s 40th anniversary, we return this Friday with John, Dee and Terry each talking about three of their favorite Klaatu songs. Don’t miss it.

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I Love that Album! #3: Klaatu’s Sir Army Suit (1978)

alan headshot from schoolBy Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio

klaatu sir army suit cover“We all rose to the challenge,” Terry Draper says about “Calling Occupants (Of Interplanetary Craft),” Klaatu’s momentous signature song that opened the band’s debut album, 3:47 E.S.T., but he might as well have been referring to Sir Army Suit, the Canadian trio’s triumphant third album, released in August 1978 and now celebrating its 40th anniversary.

klaatu juicy luicy 45 labelThe challenge Terry, John Woloschuk and Dee Long were faced with, as they gathered to work on Sir Army Suit–really no challenge at all–was to write and record relatively short radio-friendly songs that would increase Klaatu’s marketplace footprint. And with wonderful nuggets such as “Juicy Luicy,” a catchy disco parody; “Tokeymor Field,” a hummable soft-pop romantic romp inspired by the music of the Young Rascals; and “Older,” a rocker about making time count before it’s gone, success should have been a fait accompli. And it was, for fans who held 3:47 E.S.T. and Hope, Klaatu’s previous two albums, dear.

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(l to r) John Woloschuk, Dee Long, and Terry Draper

John, Dee and Terry’s mandate was always to write and record songs that were different from each other, and for Sir Army Suit, they came up with their most diverse set yet. Songs about long getaways (“Everybody Took a Holiday”), the gift you didn’t know you needed (“Perpetual Motion Machine”), falling in love from a berth on the high seas (“Dear Christine”), and leading a humdrum existence (“A Routine Day”) were brought to life with fanciful, creative arrangements. Working with producer Terry Brown, the band’s George Martin, Klaatu delivered exactly what was called for– an album stocked full of unique treasures that is as enjoyable today as it was 40 years ago.

One of Sir Army Suit’s most engaging slices of songcraft is the cinematic number that opens the album. John’s majestic “A Routine Day,” about a man living possibly the most humdrum existence imaginable, offers up exquisite and complex chord progressions, one of the loveliest, most seductive melodies in Klaatu’s catalog, and a surprising Twilight Zone-esque ending, in which the hapless narrator waits on the pier, as one does, for Charon, the ferryman of Hades.

Then, there are the tremendous songs written by Dee Long, charming, melodic wonders all: the aforementioned “Everybody Took a Holiday” and “Perpetual Motion Machine,” and “Older,” “Mr. Manson,” and “Cherie” (Dee also cowrote the wild sci-fi closer, “Silly Boys,” with John). “Cherie” may well be the loveliest of all of Dee’s creatures on this album:

Of course, a band is more than just one member’s vision; Sir Army Suit wouldn’t be the creative triumph it is without John Woloschuk, Dee Long and Terry Draper working together to fuse their ideas into a successful whole. And, it cannot be said often enough that the trio, working together with Terry Brown, were collectively a tremendous close-knit, creative force.

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Sir Army Suit’s Back Cover

All of this sterling work came wrapped inside Hugh Syme’s beautiful, imaginative cover art that finally provided visual proof that the members of Klaatu had never been Beatles, even if the band members and fellow travelers depicted didn’t come with names attached. That would have to wait until Klaatu’s next album, Endangered Species.

Klaatu produced five albums in their relatively brief lifetime; all of them offer slices of hope and a little courage, but Sir Army Suit is perhaps the most courageous of all.

radio1Alan Haber’s Pure Pop Radio is the premiere website covering the melodic pop scene with in-depth reviews of new and reissued recordings, and a wide variety of features. The 24-hour Pure Pop Radio stream ran from 2013 to August 25, 2018. Welcome to your number one home for coverage of the greatest melodic pop music in the universe from the ’60s to today.

The Latest Hits! Pure Pop Radio is Your Home for the Greatest Pure, Melodic Pop (until August 25)

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pure pop radio radioThe latest and greatest pure, melodic pop hits are streaming on Pure Pop Radio, but hurry–you have only until August 25 to bop to the catchiest beats in town!

the turnback new album cover august 2018What’s new and now playing in rotation on Alan Haber’s Pure Pop Radio? “California Moon,” Fernando Perdomo’s new single, featuring Pat Sansone (Wilco, Autumn Defense), is top of the pops, as are four standout, propulsive tunes from the Turnback’s soon-to-be-released album, Spinning the Earth in Reverse.

coverSpeaking of spinning, the Jangle Band’s new single, featuring the Byrdsian “The Guy Who Used to Care,” is playing in hot rotation, as are new songs from Azwel’s latest long player, Phantasmagoria, and new releases from Scott Brookman, Yani Martinelli and Friends; Lannie Flowers (another in his growing line of free songs being released prior to Lannie’s new album coming due in the fall); and McPherson Grant, whose debut album features the Klaatu-ish tune “The Marvelous and Mysterious Adventures of Sir Ollie and His Ox,” supported percussively by Klaatu’s Terry Draper.

wilkerson album coverNew songs from Optiganally Yours, Tsar’s Jeff Whalen, George Usher and Lisa Burns, Michael Slawter, Jeffrey Foskett and Jeff Larson, Sean Solo, Miami Dan and the Hayes Street Band, Farrington, Wilkerson, Tony Valentino, and many more of your favorite artists are also being featured in these last 11 days of broadcasting.

Remember that we will be active as active can be here on the Pure Pop Radio website, even though Pure Pop Radio will be going off the air on August 25. So fire up your Internet radio receptacle, groove to the pop tunes, and we’ll see you on the air.

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Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Podcasts: Klaatu’s Dee Long (Original Airdate: November 6, 2013; Rebroadcast June 13, 2018)

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Dee Long’s visit to Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, first aired November 6, 2013, zeros in on Klaatu’s classic album Sir Army Suit, which is celebrating its 40th trip around the sun this year.

klaatu sir army suit coverDuring this rebroadcast of a classic program, Dee looked back at the making of Sir Army Suit and talked about three of his songs included on the album: “Everybody Took a Holiday,” “Perpetual Motion Machine,” and “Cherie.” It’s fun to go in-depth on this classic album from one of the great melodic pop bands of all time

Listen to Dee’s songs played during this show on Spotify:

Purchase Klaatu’s Sir Army Suit at Amazon.

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pprListen to the rebroadcast of my interview with Klaatu’s Dee Long from the June 13 edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation (originally broadcast on 11-6-13) by clicking the play button on the following player, or click on the Pure Pop Radio button to the left to download (then right click and choose “Save audio as” to save the file to your computer). (This interview is presented in scoped format; the songs have been removed due to copyright concerns.)

 


Listen to a wide selection of previously-aired Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation interviews by clicking here.

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England Swings Like a Pendulum Do on This Week’s Pop Tunes Deejay Shows, and Klaatu’s Terry Draper Visits Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

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ppr logo breaking out of paperThis week’s Pure Pop Radio specialty shows kick off with Roger Miller’s “England Swings,” swinging pendulum and all. From there, it’s nothing less than a potpourri of melodic pop classics, along with a visit to Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation from Klaatu’s Terry Draper.

pop tunes disc smallTomorrow night–Tuesday, February 13, at 8 pm ET on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio–Roger Miller sings “England Swings,” ushering in a parade of top pop stars performing both their latest hits and beloved sides from across the decades on the first of two Pop Tunes Deejay Shows. New this week: Chris Price’s latest collection that easily equals or even surpasses his last Ominvore release, the momentous Stop Talking; Graham Gouldman’s EP, Play Nice and Share; Amy Rigby’s The Old Guys; Juliana Hatfield’s upcoming Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John; and Daisy House’s Crossroads. And from the archives: The Four Tops, Culture Club, Gilbert O’Sullivan, Aimee Mann, and lots more.

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Terry Draper

Wednesday night, February 14 at 9 pm ET, Klaatu’s Terry Draper drops in to Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation to speak with me about his latest top-flight collection, Once Upon a Memory. We play, and Terry talks about, three songs from the album, including “All Over Morocco,” a song written in 1979 that was brought up for inclusion on Klaatu’s Endangered Species record but ultimately given a thumbs-down from producer Chris Bond. The recording, which originally appeared on Terry’s Civil War album, features Dee Long on classical guitar and vocals, and John Woloschuk on bass and vocals. You won’t want to miss this show.

pop tunes disc smallThis Thursday, February 15 at 8 pm ET, the second all-new Pop Tunes Deejay Show of the week begins with the Monkees’ “Forget that Girl” and ends with the Happenings’ “I Got Rhythm” from 1967’s Psycle album. In between, you’ll hear Robyn Gibson, Dave Caruso, more from Graham Gouldman and Juliana Hatfield, and a double-shot of Beach Boys-influenced love from Tim Smolens’ I.S.S., plus a whole lot more.

All told, it’s three hours of melodic pop love this week from Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. Can you dig it? We believe you can!

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

pop tunes disc smallin conversation new graphic blueListen to the Pop Tunes Deejay Show on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm ET (two different shows every week); In Conversation airs every Wednesday night at 9 pm ET. Don’t miss a minute!

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Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Podcasts: Terry Draper (Airdate: August 30, 2017)

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terry draper remarkable womenPure Pop Radio favorite Terry Draper returned to our virtual Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation microphones on August 30 to talk about his wonderful new album, Remarkable Women.

This time around, Terry’s song cycle revolves around a celebration of remarkable women through time, with songs about Edgar Allan Poe’s Annabel Lee, aviator Amelia Earhart, and other famous ladies. Several songs are inspired by Terry’s wife, Anna. It’s a lovely album that belongs in every pop fan’s collection.

During this lively chat, Terry talks about writing the songs for Remarkable Women and about three specific songs that were heard: “The Young Girl,” “She’s All Mine,” and “Honey B.”

pprListen to my interview with Terry Draper from August 30 by clicking the play button on the following player, or click on the Pure Pop Radio button to the left to download (then right click and choose “Save audio as” to save the file to your computer). (This interview is presented in scoped format; the songs have been removed due to copyright concerns.)

Order Terry Draper’s Remarkable Women from Terry’s online store by clicking here. Sample the songs played during this interview on iTunes by clicking here or on Amazon by clicking here:

  1. “The Young Girl” | 2. “She’s All Mine” | 3. “Honey B”

Look out for more current and archived Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation interviews.

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

pop tunes disc smallin conversation new graphic blueListen to the Pop Tunes Deejay Show on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm ET (two different shows every week); In Conversation airs every Wednesday night at 9 pm ET. Don’t miss a minute!

Tune in to Pop that Goes Crunch Radio by clicking on the following snazzy-looking button:

John Woloschuk and Kenny Herbert In Conversation Interviews Now Available for Listening and Downloading

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Last week’s interviews with Klaatu’s John Woloschuk and singer-songwriter Kenny Herbert on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation are now available for listening and downloading on our PodOmatic podcast page.

kenny herbert 2kenny herbert forever and beyondKenny Herbert, one of our most favorite singer-songwriters, spoke to Alan Haber last Monday night about his phenomenal concept album, Forever and Beyond, a gorgeous, romantic song cycle inspired by Caroline, the love of his life. The Edinburgh, Scotland native talks about Forever and Beyond’s origins, the involvement of Pilot’s David Paton, and offers up a tour of his musical life. You won’t be surprised to find that the Beatles figure rather prominently in his thinking.

john woloschuk with bassKlaatu’s John Woloschuk returned to Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation last Tuesday night to talk about and play some of his favorite pop songs from years gone by. This is a rare chance to hear what one of pop music’s greatest songwriters and performers thinks about such songs as the Hollies’ “Bus Stop,” the Kinks’ “A Well Respected Man,” Donovan’s “Hurdy Gurdy Man,” and a pair of Beatles classics. John played 14 songs in all; you won’t want to miss a revolution of this classic interview.

Spotify playlists are included with each interview, so you can hear the tunes discussed.

Head on over to Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation’s PodOmatic podcast page to listen to and download Alan’s extensive, in-depth interviews with Klaatu’s John Woloschuk and singer-songwriter Kenny Herbert. You’ll love both of them.

Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere melodic pop interview program hosted by Alan Haber, airs Tuesday nights at 8 pm ET. Archived, podcast versions of interviews are posted on the In Conversation PodOmatic podcast page; click here to listen to other shows previously broadcast on Pure Pop Radio.

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